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Rodentia (Rodents)

  1. Sophie Montuire

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001566



How to Cite

Montuire, S. 2001. Rodentia (Rodents). eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001


The rodents include more than 30 families and 350 genera. The distribution of the rodent species is worldwide and they occupy almost every kind of ecological niche. Most species are terrestrial, but some are specialized for underground, semiaquatic or arboreal life. Rodents are abundant and very diverse in form, adaptations and geographic distribution.


  • rodents;
  • Sciuromorpha;
  • Myomorpha;
  • Caviomorpha;
  • mammal