It is hard to guess what a Malagasy mountain mouse weights. But we have the answer:
An adult Malagasy mountain mouse (Monticolomys koopmani) on average weights 25 grams (0.06 lbs).
The Malagasy mountain mouse is from the family Nesomyidae (genus: Monticolomys). When reaching adult age, they grow up to 14 cm (0′ 6″).
As a reference: An average human weights in at 62 kg (137 lbs) and reaches an average size of 1.65m (5′ 5″). Humans spend 280 days (40 weeks) in the womb of their mother and reach around 75 years of age.
The Malagasy mountain mouse or Koopman’s montane voalavo (Monticolomys koopmani) is a rodent within the subfamily Nesomyinae of the family Nesomyidae. It is monotypic within the genus Monticolomys, and is closely related to the big-footed mouse (Macrotarsomys). It is found in the highlands of eastern Madagascar. A small mouse-like rodent, it is dark brown on the upperparts and dark gray below. It has small, rounded, densely haired ears and broad feet with well-developed pads. The long tail lacks a tuft at the tip. The skull is delicate and lacks crests and ridges on its roof.First collected in 1929, the Malagasy mountain mouse was not formally described until 1996, but it is now known to have a broad distribution. Active during the night, it occurs in both montane forest and human-disturbed grasslands and feeds on fruits and seeds. A scansorial animal, it climbs trees but also lives on the ground. Although habitat destruction may pose a threat, it is classified as “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.
Animals of the same family as a Malagasy mountain mouse
We found other animals of the Nesomyidae family:
- Ellerman’s tufted-tailed rat with a weight of 100 grams
- Petter’s tufted-tailed rat with a weight of 75 grams
- Gray climbing mouse with a weight of 9 grams
- Western nesomys with a weight of 155 grams
- Lovat’s climbing mouse with a weight of 12 grams
- Brants’s climbing mouse with a weight of 10 grams
- White-bellied nesomys with a weight of 214 grams
- Hairy-tailed antsangy with a weight of 219 grams
- Pousargues African fat mouse with a weight of 40 grams
- Betsileo short-tailed rat with a weight of 93 grams
Animals with the same weight as a Malagasy mountain mouse
As a comparison, here are some other animals that weight as much as the Monticolomys koopmani:
- Osgood’s mouse bringing 27 grams to the scale
- Tonatia carrikeri bringing 22 grams to the scale
- Angolan free-tailed bat bringing 26 grams to the scale
- Tufted pygmy squirrel bringing 24 grams to the scale
- Lesser Angolan epauletted fruit bat bringing 25 grams to the scale
- White-bellied yellow bat bringing 20 grams to the scale
- Abrothrix andinus bringing 24 grams to the scale
- Wagner’s gerbil bringing 27 grams to the scale
- European free-tailed bat bringing 28 grams to the scale
- Oligoryzomys longicaudatus bringing 27 grams to the scale