Grammomys gigas (Dollman, 1911:527)

Giant thicket rat



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Thamnomys gigas Dollman, 1911:527 (original combination)


Conservation Status


Last record: 28 December 1910

IUCN Redstatus: Endangered



Mount Kenya, Kenya


Biology & Ecology




Dollman mentions a second specimen in addition to the holotype which he referred to this species (Dollman, 1911:528).






Original scientific description:

Dollman, Guy. (1911). List of Mammals from British East Africa, obtained by Mr. Robin Kemp and presented to the British Museum by Mr. C. D. Rudd, with additional Notes on Specimens collected and presented by Mr. A. Blaney Percival. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., ser. 8, 7: 518-529.


Other references:

Agwanda, B. and Boitani, L. (2008). Grammomys gigas. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. ( Downloaded on 15 February 2014.

Allen, G. M. (1939). A checklist of African mammals. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College 83: 1-763.

Ellerman, J. R. (1941). The families and genera of living rodents. Vol. II. Family Muridae. British
Museum (Natural History), London, 690 pp.

Hutterer, R. and Dieterlen, F. (1984). Zwei neue Arten der Gattung Grammomys aus Äthiopien und Kenia (Mammalia: Muridae). Stuttgarter Beiträge zur Naturkunde, ser. A (Biologie) 347: 1-18.


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