Pouched rats are found throughout much of sub-Saharan Africa with the exception of southern Africa. They are characterized by having large cheek pouches and a distinctive molar morphology. The molars are very similar to the type seen in the subfamily Murinae, but pouched rats probably evolved this similarity through convergent evolution.
There are three very different genera of pouched rats. The giant pouched rat is notable for being the largest of the muroids. A giant pouched rat was also implicated as a carrier in a small outbreak of monkeypox in the USA.
The subfamily Cricetomyinae contains three genera and five species.
Research from Freie University Berlin, College of Veterinary Medicine yields new data on zoo and wildlife medicine.
Sep 07, 2010; Data detailed in 'Chronic heart failure due to severe endocardiosis in a gambian giant pouched rat (Cricetomys gambianus)' have...