Eliurus webbi (Webb’s tufted-tailed rat)

Webb’s tufted-tailed rat (Eliurus webbi) is an endemic rodent of Madagascar.

The species was originally described by John Ellerman as Eliurus myoxinus webbi after the collector Cecil S Webb, who had assembled the finest series of nesomyine rodents then known since the time of Forsyth Major (Carleton, 1994).

Sir John Ellerman (born 21 December 1909, died 17 July 1973) loved the natural world and became an internationally recognised expert on small mammals. His published work is still well-regarded in scientific circles and includes Families and Genera of Living Rodents and Checklist of Palaearctic and Indian Mammals 1758–1946.

Much of his research was done at the Natural History Museum in London, with fieldwork in South Africa.

Species detail

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    Distribution and habitat

    Webb’s tufted-tailed rat is found only in Madagascar, but where?

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    Biology

    Eliurus webbi lives underground. Find out more.

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    Conservation

    This rat’s habitat is threatened by deforestation, but it continues to thrive in protected areas across Madagascar.

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Images

Eliurus webbi specimen

Eliurus webbi specimen.

© Natural History Museum, London
Eliurus webbi specimen

Eliurus webbi specimen.

© Natural History Museum, London
Eliurus webbi specimen

Eliurus webbi specimen.

© Natural History Museum, London
Eliurus webbi habitat

Eliurus webbi habitat - Montagne d'Ambre national park, Madagascar.

© Rita Willaert
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Curator in the Invertebrates Curation Team, responsible for the marine mollusc collections.

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