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Nelsonia neotomodon

Western Diminutive Woodrat

Order: Rodentia
Family: Cricetidae


Conservation Status: Near Threatened.

Diminutive Woodrats are smaller than woodrats in the genus Neotoma. Nelsonia neotomodon has soft, grayish-brown fur, whitish underparts and feet, and a small tuft at the end of its tail. It lives in the rocks and cliffs of the mountains of western Mexico, in pine and fir forests. It has been found at elevations as high as 3,010 m. Presumably, like Nelsonia goldmani, it feeds mostly on the needles of fir and juniper trees. Little information is available about its lifestyle.

Range: Head and Body: 120-130 mm; Tail: 105-130 mm


Merriam, C.H., 1897. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 11:278.


Mammal Species of the World

Distribution of Nelsonia neotomodon