Brushtail tree mice

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Brushtail tree mice
Superfamily : Mice-like (Muroidea)
Family : Long-tailed mice (Muridae)
Subfamily : Old World Mice (Murinae)
Tribe : Rattini
Micromys group
Genre : Brushtail tree mice
Scientific name
Peters , 1869

The brush tail tree mice ( Chiropodomys ) are a genus of rodents from the group of old world mice (Murinae) that live in Southeast Asia .


They are tree-dwelling, very small mice that mostly live in tropical rainforests . They have a head body length of 7 to 12 centimeters, plus 9 to 17 centimeters of tail. They are gray or brown on top and white on the underside. The tail is only sparsely hairy, but somewhat stronger at the tip, so that the eponymous impression of a brush is created.

The true brushtail tree mouse is the best studied species. It is particularly common in bamboo forests . She becomes active at night, and during the day she sleeps in a nest in the bamboo, which is padded with leaves. The diet is entirely vegetable.


According to Wilson & Reeder (2005), the dwarf tree mice are part of the Micromys group within the old world mice.

A total of six species are known, but only one of these is common and widespread:

The IUCN lists C. karlkoopmani as "high risk" ( endangered ), C. gliroides is "not at risk" ( least concern ). There is too little usable data for the other four species.


  • Ronald M. Nowak: Walker's Mammals of the World. 2 volumes. 6th edition. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore MD et al. 1999, ISBN 0-8018-5789-9 .
  • Don E. Wilson , DeeAnn M. Reeder (Eds.): Mammal Species of the World. A taxonomic and geographic Reference. 2 volumes. 3. Edition. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore MD 2005, ISBN 0-8018-8221-4 .

Web links

  • Chiropodomys on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved October 18, 2009.