Thallomys shortridgei Thomas & Hinton, 1923

Shortridge's rat, Shortrige's rat, Shortridge’s acacia rat, Shortridge’s thallomys



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: 1922 (Fisher & Blomberg, 2012; Lee et al., 2017)

IUCN RedList status: Data Deficient



Northern Cape Province, South Africa


Anatomy & Morphology



Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Thomas, Oldfield and Hinton, M. A. C. (1923). On mammals collected by Captain Shortridge during the Percy Sladen and Kaffrarian Museum Expeditions to the Orange River. Proceedings of the General Meetings for Scientific Business of the Zoological Society of London 1923: 483-499.


Other references:

Bronner, G. N., Hoffman, M., Taylor, P. J., Chimimba, C. T., Best, P. B., Matthee, C. A. and Robinson, T. J. (2003). A revised systematic checklist of the extant mammals of the southern African subregion. Durban Museum Novitates 28: 56-106.

de Graaff, G. (1981). The Rodents of Southern Africa: Notes on their Identification, Distribution, Ecology, and Taxonomy. Butterworths, Durban, Pretoria, South Africa.

Ellerman, J. R., Morrison-Scott, T. C. S. and Hayman, R. W. (1953). Southern African Mammals 1758-1951: A reclassification. Trustees of the British Museum (Nat. Hist.), London, UK.

Fisher, Diana O. and Blomberg, Simon P. (2012). Inferring Extinction of Mammals from Sighting Records, Threats, and Biological Traits. Conservation Biology 26(1): 57-67.

Lee, T. E., Fisher, D. O., Blomberg, S. P. and Wintle, B. A. (2017). Extinct or still out there? Disentangling influences on extinction and rediscovery helps to clarify the fate of species on the edge. Global Change Biology 23(2): 621-634.

Milton, S. J., Dean, W. R. J, Marincowitz, C. P. and Kerley, G. I. H. (1995). Effects of the 1990/91 drought on rangeland in the Steytlerville Karoo. South African Journal of Science 91: 78-84.

Monadjem, A., Taylor, P. J., Denys, C. and Cotterill, F. P. D. (2015). Rodents of sub-Saharan Africa: a biogeographic and taxonomic synthesis. De Gruyter, Berlin, Germany.

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.

Nel, J. A. J. (2013). Thallomys shortridgei Shortridge’s Acacia Rat (Shortridge’s Thallomys). In: D.C.D. Happold (ed.), Mammals of Africa. Volume III: Rodents, Hares and Rabbits, pp. 562–563. Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

Skinner, J. D. and Chimimba, C. T. (eds). (2005). The Mammals of the Southern African Subregion. Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom, Cambridge.

Taylor, P. J., Rautenbach, I. L., Gordon, D., Sink, K. and Lotter, P. (1995). Diagnostic morphometrics and southern African distribution of two sibling species of tree rat, Thallomys paedulcus and Thallomys nigricauda (Rodentia: Muridae). Durban Museum Novitates 20: 49-62.


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