Nesokia bunnii (Khajuria 1981)

Long-tailed nesokia (rat), Long-tailed bandicoot rat



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Erythronesokia bunnii Khajuria 1981


Conservation Status

Last record: January 1977

Rediscovered 26-27 June 2021 (Dinets & Maikov, 2022)



Iraq (southern)


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Khajuria, H. (1981). A new bandicoot rat, Erythronesokia bunnii gen. et sp. nov. (Rodentia: muridae), from Iraq. Bull. Nat. Hist. Res. Centre Baghdad 7: 157-164.


Other references:

Al-Ansari, N., Knutsson, S., and Ali, A. (2012). Restoring the Garden of Eden. Iraq. J. Earth Sci. Geotech. Eng. 2: 53-88.

Al-Robaae, K. and Felten, H. (1990). Was ist Erythronesokia Khajuria, 1981 (Mammalia: Rodentia: Muridae)? Z. Saeugetierkd. 55: 253-259.

Dando, T. (2021). Nesokia bunnii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2021: e.T14660A22410285. Accessed on 01 January 2023.

Dinets, Vladimir and Maikov, Michael. (2022). Long-tailed Bandicoot Rat (Nesokia bunnii) is not extinct. Zoology in the Middle East.

Haba, M. K. (2009). Mesopotamian marshland mammals. Marsh Bull. 4: 179-189.

Kryštufek, Boris, Al-Sheikhly, Omar F. and Hutterer, Rainer. (2017). A redescription of the Long-tailed Nesokia, Nesokia bunnii, and designation of a neotype (Rodentia: Muridae). Zootaxa 4216(2): 167-187. [Abstract]

Boris Kryštufek, Omar F. Al-Sheikhly, Javier Lazaro, Mukhtar K. Haba, Rainer Hutterer, Sayed B. Mousavi and Danijel Ivajnšič. (2021). A forgotten rodent from the Garden of Eden: what really happened to the long-tailed nesokia rat in the Mesopotamian marshes? Mammalia 85(2): 103-108.

Mahmoudi, Ahmad, Jalali, Ali Sajad, Burgani, Keramat Hafezi, Saki, Mohammad and Kryštufek, Boris. (2022). First record of the elusive and endangered long-tailed nesokia, Nesokia bunnii, in Iran. Mammalia 86(4): 338–341.


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