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Mastomys natalensis (Hildebrandt's multimammate mouse)


Wikipedia Abstract

The Natal multimammate mouse (Mastomys natalensis) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is also known as the Natal multimammate rat, the common African rat, or the African soft-furred rat.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 8.21
EDGE Score: 2.22


Adult Weight [1]  60.3 grams
Birth Weight [2]  2 grams
Diet [3]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Herbivore
Diet - Invertibrates [3]  80 %
Diet - Plants [3]  20 %
Forages - Ground [3]  100 %
Female Maturity [2]  72 days
Gestation [2]  24 days
Litter Size [2]  9
Litters / Year [2]  2
Maximum Longevity [2]  3 years
Nocturnal [3]  Yes
Snout to Vent Length [2]  4.724 inches (12 cm)


Protected Areas

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Coastal Forests of Eastern Africa Kenya, Mozambique, Somalia, Tanzania No
Eastern Afromontane Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, Zimbabwe No
Guinean Forests of West Africa Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, Togo No
Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland No

Prey / Diet

Dimorphotheca jucunda[4]
Tetragonia fruticosa[4]
Vachellia karroo (karroothorn)[4]
Vachellia nilotica (Gum Arabic Tree)[4]
Vachellia tortilis (umbrella thorn)[4]


Bdeogale crassicauda (Bushy-tailed Mongoose)[5]
Bitis gabonica (Gaboon Adder)[6]
Poecilogale albinucha (African Striped Weasel)[7]


Range Map

External References


Attributes / relations provided by
1Felisa A. Smith, S. Kathleen Lyons, S. K. Morgan Ernest, Kate E. Jones, Dawn M. Kaufman, Tamar Dayan, Pablo A. Marquet, James H. Brown, and John P. Haskell. 2003. Body mass of late Quaternary mammals. Ecology 84:3403
2Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elita Baldridge, Benjamin Chan, Dhileep Sivam, Daniel L. Freeman, and S. K. Morgan Ernest. 2015. An amniote life-history database to perform comparative analyses with birds, mammals, and reptiles. Ecology 96:3109
3Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
4Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
5Bdeogale crassicauda, Mark E. Taylor, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 294, pp. 1-4 (1987)
6Conservation Biology of the Gaboon Adder (Bitis gabonica) in South Africa, Jonathan Kirk Warner, A dissertation submitted to the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa in fulfilment of the requirements of the degree of Masters of Science (2009)
7Poecilogale albinucha, Serge Larivière, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 681 (2001)
8International Flea Database
9Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 Wildfinder Database
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2022). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2023-06-13; License: CC BY 4.0