| "Liomys" comes from two Greek words that mean "plain mouse." Jaliscan Spiny Pocket Mice earned the epithet "spectabilis," suggesting that they are spectacular, because their coats are a brighter reddish-brown than that of other Liomys. They are found only in southwestern Jalisco, Mexico, in an area that used to be dry mountain and oak forest, and which is now largely agricultural. Their habitat now consists mostly of weeds, low brush, cornfields, and grass. Because its habitat has changed so much, it is considered rare and potentially threatened.
Like other spiny pocket mice, Jaliscan Spiny Pocket Mice are nocturnal, using burrows during the day. Their food habits are known mostly from looking at what was in the cheek pouches of captured individuals or examining caches of stored food found in their burrows.
Head and Body: 97-130 mm; Tail: 97-163 mm
Genoways, H.H., 1971. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Natural History of the University of Kansas, 5:1.
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