Catalog Number: USNM 182901
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Mammals
Sex/Stage: Female; Adult
Collector(s): A. Percival
Year Collected: 1911
Locality: Mount Marsabit, N slope, Eastern Province, Kenya, Africa
Elevation (m): 1402
- Type: Heller, E. 1914 Jun 24. Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections. 63 (7): 12.
Habitat and Ecology
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Acomys kempi
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 35
Species With Barcodes: 1
IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria
- 2004Least Concern (LC)
- 1996Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)
Kemp's spiny mouse
Kemp's Spiny Mouse (Acomys kempi) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found in Kenya, Somalia, and Tanzania. Its natural habitats are dry savanna and rocky areas. It is one of only two mammals, the other being Acomys percivali, which can shed its skin. In addition (and as a result), it is known to be capable of completely regenerating damaged tissue, including hair follicles, skin, sweat glands, fur and cartilage.
- Dieterlen, F. (2008). Acomys kempi. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 4 February 2009.
- Musser, G. G.; Carleton, M. D. (2005). "Superfamily Muroidea". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 894–1531. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
- Cormier, Zoe (2012-09-26). "African spiny mice can regrow lost skin". Nature. Retrieved 2012-09-27.
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