Cremnomys elvira (Ellerman, 1946)

Large rock-rat, Large rock rat, Elvira rat



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Rattus elvira Ellerman, 1947


Conservation Status

Rediscovered in September-December 2014 (Kumar, 2015)

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered


Further records of the species were made in 2019-21 (Kumar et al., 2021).



Kurumbapatti, Salem District, Eastern Ghats, Tamil Nadu, India


Biology & Ecology










Agrawal, V. C. (2000). Taxonomic studies on Indian Muridae and Hystricidae (Mammalia: Rodentia). Records of the Zoological Survey of India 180: 1-177.

Ellerman, J. R. (1961). Rodentia. The fauna of India including Pakistan, Burma and Ceylon. Mammalia, Manager of Publications, Zoological Survey of India, Calcutta, USA.

Kumar, Brawin. (2015). Evaluation of conservation status of the Critically Endangered Large Rock Rat Cremnomys elvira. Tamil Nadu Forest Department and WWF India.

Kumar, Brawin, Das, J., Gray, C. and Daniel, B. A. (2021). Survival blueprint for the conservation and management of Cremnomys elvira in the Eastern Ghats of Tamil Nadu, India. EDGE of Existence Programme, ZSL, London. 31 pp.

Molur, S. and Kennerley, R. (2016). Cremnomys elvira. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T5514A22417451. Downloaded on 17 December 2016.

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Musser, G. G. and Carleton, M. D. (1993). Family Muridae, pp. 501-736. In: Wilson, Don E. and Reeder, D. A. (eds.). Mammal species of the world: A taxonomic and geographic reference. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC, USA.


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