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Large bamboo rat

Binomial name: Rhizomys sumatrensis, Thomas Stamford Raffles, 1821

The large bamboo rat (Rhizomys sumatrensis) is a species of rodents in the Spalacidae family found in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

Their typical diet includes bamboo roots, but they will also feed on cultivated tapioca and sugarcane.

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Scientific classification

Rhizomys sumatrensis

Common names

  • English:
    • Indomalayan bamboo rat
    • Large bamboo rat

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Large bamboo rat

Large bamboo rat

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Range map of Rhizomys sumatrensis in Thailand

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Special thanks to Ton Smits, Parinya Pawangkhanant, Ian Dugdale and many others for their contribution for range data.

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