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Large Pencil-tailed Tree Mouse

Chiropodomys major

Description:

The Large Pencil-tailed Tree Mouse - Chiropodomys major is a small size mouse with a very long tail. Saw this guy climbing up the small tree during a night walk, it stopped for a few minutes allowing me to get close to within a feet to take this picture. They are endemic to the island of Borneo.

Habitat:

Tropical rainforest.


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9 Comments

AlbertKang
AlbertKang 2 months ago

Thanks again, @Leuba :)

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 2 months ago

Congratulations on the SOTW !

AlbertKang
AlbertKang 3 months ago

Thanks, @Daniel and PN for this SOTW :)

Thanks too, @Leuba and @armadeus.4 for your kind words and support :)

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 3 months ago

Congratulations Albert! Wonderful spotting. Thank you for sharing :)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 months ago

Congratulations Albert, your Large Pencil-tailed Tree Mouse has been voted Spotting of the Week. The endemic, adapted, and novel aspects of this species won you the vote!

"Did you know that there are tree-dwelling mice? This Large Pencil-tailed Tree Mouse (Chiropodomys major) has been voted Spotting of the Week. The genus Chiropodomys comprises 6 extant species of very small arboreal mice, mostly found in Southeast Asian forest sites. Their tail is only sparsely covered with hair but is tufted at the end, giving the appearance of a pencil. These mice have short and broad feet with a semi-opposable hallux (big toe) with a flat nail, an adaptation typical of canopy dwellers. Tree mice are the smallest non-flying mammals in the canopy.
Chiropodomys major is endemic to the island of Borneo. Find out more about this species here: https://buff.ly/2o8wXgx "

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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 3 months ago

A Tree Mouse - wonderful ! Good you got to see it Albert.

AshleyT
AshleyT 3 months ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

AlbertKang
AlbertKang 3 months ago

Thanks, @Daniele.
Have seen them before but never been able to take decent pictures of them as they always scurry away, but this time, this one freeze for a few minutes allowing me to get close :)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 months ago

Fascinating little critter! The tail is amazing. First on Project Noah.

Tawau, Sabah, Malaysia

Lat: 4.41, Long: 117.93

Spotted on Feb 10, 2018
Submitted on Feb 10, 2018

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