family Heteromyidae


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Noun1.family Heteromyidae - small New World burrowing mouselike rodents with fur-lined cheek pouches and hind limbs and tail adapted to leaping; adapted to desert conditions: pocket mice; kangaroo mice; kangaroo rats
mammal family - a family of mammals
pocket mouse - any of various small nocturnal burrowing desert rodents with cheek pouches and long hind legs and tail
genus Liomys, Liomys - pocket mice
Dipodomys, genus Dipodomys - kangaroo rats
Sciuromorpha, suborder Sciuromorpha - large more or less primitive rodents: squirrels; marmots; gophers; beavers; etc.
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In this genus, as in other desert inhabitants of the family Heteromyidae, the presence of bipedalism has direct consequences on the speed of movement and leaping distance (Price, 1993).
2010), no individuals from the three species (Chaetodipus hispidus, Dipodomys ordii, and Perognathus merriami) of the family Heteromyidae captured in this study tested positive for arenavirus antibodies.
By contrast, species of pocket mice (family Heteromyidae, genera Perognathus and Chaetodipus) were relatively abundant in the sparser grasslands still being grazed by livestock.
merriami) are members of the rodent family Heteromyidae. No accounts of arenavirus infections in these or other heteromyid rodents have been published.