Andean field mice

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Andean field mice
Abrothrix sanborni

Abrothrix sanborni

Superfamily : Mice-like (Muroidea)
Family : Burrowers (Cricetidae)
Subfamily : Sigmodontinae
Tribe : Abrotrichini
Genre : Andean field mice
Scientific name
Waterhouse , 1837

The Andean field mice ( Abrothrix ) are a species of rodent living in South America from the group of New World mice . They include nine types.

These rodents reach a head body length of 7 to 14 centimeters, the tail is 5 to 10 centimeters long. The weight is 15 to 60 grams. Their fur is dark gray or brown on the top, the underside is whitish or light brown. The nose or the whole face can be reddish or orange in color.

Their distribution area extends from central Peru to Tierra del Fuego . Their habitat are forests, grasslands and wetlands, they occur at heights of up to 5600 meters. Some species are known to be good at digging and building underground burrows, while others build their nests in crevices in the rock or in the roots of trees.

They are omnivores that eat insects, seeds, fruits and mushrooms. The female gives birth to one to eight young animals two to three times a year.


There are nine types:

The systematics of this genre is not undisputed. Three species, A. andinus , A. jelskii and A. olivaceus , are sometimes listed in their own genus, Chroeomys , while the rest are sometimes incorporated into Akodon .


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