| There is very little specific information about the Highland Oryzomys, one of the rice rats. It is very similar to Alfaro's Oryzomys, but has longer fur, its tail is much longer, and its cranium is larger than that of Oryzomys (Handleyomys) alfaroi. Its range extends from southern Chiapas, Mexico, into central Guatemala.
Please see the Alfaro's Oryzomys (Oryzomys (Handleyomys) alfaroi) and Coues's Rice Rat (Oryzomys couesi) accounts for information about some of the better-known Oryzomys and Handleyomys species.
Recent publications suggest that several species in the Oryzomys group are distinctly different from others and merit a new genus. Handleyomys is the genus preferred by IUCN; MSW3 and ITIS continue to use Oryzomys.
Also known as:
Calel Rice Rate
Head and Body: 86-118 mm; Tail: 100-140 mm
Merriam, C.H., 1901. Proceedings of the Washingon Academy of Sciences, 3:292.
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