Endemic to South Asia
Western Ghats Distribution
INDIA Goa: Location Unknown Karnataka: Uttar Kanara Kerala:Ernakulam, Cochin; Kannur: Aralam WS; Thiruvananthapuram; Thrissur: Peechi-Vazhani WS Maharashtra: Khandala, Satara Tamil Nadu: Dindugal and Palani Hills, Nilgiris, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary
Known Presence in Protected Areas
India Kerala: Aralam WS, Parambikulam WS, Peechi-Vazhani WS Tamil Nadu: Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve Karnataka: Nagrhole National Park, Karnataka, India"
Habitat and Ecology
forests, moist deciduous and evergreen forests, where it is seen in rocky areas, caves, crevices, tree hollows and subterrenean habitats (Molur et al. 2005).
Tropical and subtropical dry deciduous and scrub forests, moist deciduous and evergreen forests
Rocky areas, caves, crevices, tree hollows and subterrenean habitats
Life History and Behavior
IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria
Protection Legal Status
In India it is known from Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary, Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala; Pench National Park in Maharashtra; Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu; Chandaka-Dampara Wildlife Sanctuary in Orissa. In Sri Lanka it is present in Gal Oya National Park in Eastern Province; Kumana Wildlife Sanctuary in Northeastern Province and Yala National Park in Southern Province (Molur et al. 2005).
Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems
Blanford's rat (Madromys blanfordi) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is the only species in the genus Madromys. Known as වලිග සුදු වන මීයා (meaning white-tailed wood rat) in Sinhala language. It is found in India and Sri Lanka.
Head and body 14-15cm; tail is 19cm. Dorsum grayish brown, darker on back and lighter on the sides. White underparts. Feet are white in adults, brownish white in young. two thirds of the tail is brown from the base then covered with long dense white furs.
- Baillie, J. 1996. Cremnomys blanfordi. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 9 July 2007.
- 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.
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