Coues's Rice Rat
) is a species of rodent
in genus Oryzomys
distributed from extreme southern Texas
and Central America
to northwestern Colombia
. It was previously considered to represent the same species as the Marsh Rice Rat
) from the southern United States
, but the two are distinctive where their ranges meet in southern Texas. The species contains several peripheral populations whose relationships are currently unclear; also, its relationships with the related Jamaican Rice Rat
, Nicaraguan Rice Rat
and Gorgas's Rice Rat
are still unclear. Coues's Rice Rat apparently contains at least three distinct species.
The species is threatened in Texas due to habitat loss, but its IUCN conservation status is Least Concern.
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