Woolly-headed spiny tree-rat

The woolly-headed spiny tree-rat (Mesomys leniceps) is a species of rodent in the family Echimyidae.[2] It is endemic to Peru.

Woolly-headed spiny tree-rat
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Echimyidae
Subfamily: Echimyinae
Tribe: Echimyini
Genus: Mesomys
M. leniceps
Binomial name
Mesomys leniceps
Thomas, 1926

The etymology of the species name corresponds to the Latin word leniceps constructed from lēnis meaning calm, gentle,[3] and the suffix -ceps meaning headed.


  1. ^ Vivar, E.; Patterson, B. (2016). "Mesomys leniceps". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T13235A22212969. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-2.RLTS.T13235A22212969.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  2. ^ Woods, C.A.; Kilpatrick, C.W. (2005). "Species Mesomys leniceps". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 1538–1600. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  3. ^ Gaffiot, Félix (1934). Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français (in French). Paris: Librairie Hachette. p. 899. Retrieved 22 December 2017.