mountain beaver

(redirected from Aplodontidae)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
Related to Aplodontidae: Aplodontia rufa, Geomyidae, Dipodidae, Heteromyidae, Myocastoridae

mountain beaver

n.
A stout burrowing rodent (Aplodontia rufa) of the Pacific coast of North America, having small eyes and ears and feeding on vegetation such as ferns and tree seedlings. Also called sewellel.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mountain beaver - bulky nocturnal burrowing rodent of uplands of the Pacific coast of North Americamountain beaver - bulky nocturnal burrowing rodent of uplands of the Pacific coast of North America; the most primitive living rodent
gnawer, rodent - relatively small placental mammals having a single pair of constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing
Aplodontia, genus Aplodontia - type genus of the Aplodontiidae: comprising the mountain beavers
References in periodicals archive ?
1 Pipistrellus hesperus, western pipistrelle x -- -- Molossidae Eumops perotis, western mastiff bat x -- -- Tadarida brasiliensis, Brazilian free-tailed bat x -- -- RODENTIA Aplodontidae Aplodontia rgM, mountain beaver x -- 1 Sciuridae Glaucomys sabrinus, northern flying squirrel x -- -- Marmota flaviventris, yellow-bellied marmot x -- -- Sciurus griseus, western gray squirrel x -- -- Sciurus sp.
Phylogenetic implications of comparative pelage morphology in Aplodontidae and the Nearctic Sciuridae, with observations on seasonal pelage variation.