Phaenomys ferrugineus (Thomas, 1894)

Rio De Janeiro arboreal rat, Rio de Janeiro rice rat



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: 1940

Rediscovered in 1998

IUCN RedList status: Vulnerable



Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro & São Paulo States, Brazil (southern)


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Thomas, O. (1894). Description of some new Neotropical Muridae. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (London) 6(14): 345-366.


Other references:

Bonvicino, Cibele Rodrigues, Oliveira, J. A., Dandrea’, P. S. and Carvalho, R. W. (2001). Rediscovery of the endemic Atlantic forest rodent Phaenomys ferrugineus (Rodentia, Sigmodontinae): New data on its morphology and karyology. Boletim do Museu Nacional, Nova Série, Zoologia 467: 1-12.

Bonvicino, Cibele Rodrigues and Percequillo, A. (2008). Phaenomys ferrugineus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T16799A6430920. . Downloaded on 18 October 2015.

Emmons, L. H. and Feer, F. (1997). Neotropical Rainforest Mammals: A Field Guide, Second edition. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL, USA.

Fisher, Diana O. (2011). Trajectories from extinction: where are missing mammals rediscovered? Global Ecology & Biogeography 20: 415-425. [Appendix S1]

Maia Vaz, S. (2000). Sobre a distribuicao geografica de Phaenomys ferrugineus (Thomas) (Rodentia, Muridae). Revista Brasileira de Zoologia, 17: 183-186.

Musser, G. G. and Carleton, M. D. (2005). Superfamily Muroidea. In: D. E. Wilson and D. A. Reeder (eds), Mammal Species of the World: a geographic and taxonomic reference, pp. 894-1531. The John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA.

Pardiñas, Ulyses F. J., D’Elía, Guillermo, Lessa, Gisele, Passamani, Marcelo and Teta, Pablo. (2014). [url=]Nuevos datos morfológicos y una hipotesis filogenética para Phaenomys (Rodentia, Cricetidae)[/url]. Mastozoología Neotropical 21(2): 251-261.

Passamani, Marcelo, Cerboncini, Ricardo Augusto Serpa and de Oliveira, José Everaldo. (2011). Distribution extension of Phaenomys ferrugineus (Thomas, 1894), and new data on Abrawayaomys ruschii Cunha and Cruz, 1979 and Rhagomys rufescens (Thomas, 1886), three rare species of rodents (Rodentia: Cricetidae) in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Check List 7(6): 827-831.

Scheffers, Brett R., Yong, Ding Li, Harris, J. Berton C., Giam, Xingli and Sodhi, Navjot S. (2011). The world’s rediscovered species: back from the brink? PLoS ONE 6(7): e22531. [Supporting Information (Table S1)]


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