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Date of this Version

August 1993


Published in Biology of the Heteromyidae, Edited by Hugh H. Genoways and James H. Brown. Copyright © by The American Society of Mammalogists, 1993. Used by Permission.


What is the family Heteromyidae? It is the group ofexclusively New World rodents that includes the kangaroo rats, pocket mice, and kangaroo mice ofthe desert, grasslands, and shrublands of western North America as well as the spiny and pouched rats of the subtropical shrublands and tropical deciduous and evergreen forests of North America, Central America, and northernmost South America. It is a large family, with six genera and 316 species.

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