is a large superfamily
. It includes hamsters
, true mice
, and many other relatives. They occupy a vast variety of habitats
on every continent except Antarctica
. Some authorities have placed all members of this group into a single family, Muridae
, due to difficulties in determining how the subfamilies
are related to one another. The following taxonomy
is based on recent well-supported molecular phylogenies
The muroids are classified in 6 families, 19 subfamilies, around 280 genera and at least 1300 species.
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- Musser, G. G. and M. D. Carleton. 2005. Superfamily Muroidea. Pp. 894-1531 in Mammal Species of the World a Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder eds. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.
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