It is hard to guess what a Nephelomys levipes weights. But we have the answer:
An adult Nephelomys levipes (Oryzomys levipes) on average weights 60 grams (0.13 lbs).
The Nephelomys levipes is from the family Muridae (genus: Oryzomys). When reaching adult age, they grow up to 11.2 cm (0′ 5″).
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.
Nephelomys levipes, also known as the nimble-footed oryzomys or light-footed rice rat, is a species of rodent in the genus Nephelomys of family Cricetidae. It is found on the eastern slope of the Andes from southeastern Peru into west-central Bolivia in cloud forest at elevations from 1,800 to 3,200 metres (5,900 to 10,500 ft). It occurs in the same general area as its congener N. keaysi, but at higher altitudes.In 1902, Oldfield Thomas first described this species, under the name Oryzomys levipes, on the basis of specimens from both Peru and Bolivia. He compared it to the previously described O. keaysi, the current Nephelomys keaysi, of which he considered it to be a “smaller form”. In 1944, Philip Hershkovitz relegated both O. levipes and O. keaysi to the synonymy of O. albigularis, where it remained until it was reinstated a species in the early 1990s on the basis of genetic and other differences. When O. albigularis and related species were reclassified into a new genus, Nephelomys, in 2006, it was retained as a separate species, but under the name of Nephelomys levipes.It is similar to N. keaysi, but smaller, and the fur on the underparts is buffy instead of whitish in the specimens Thomas examined. The interorbital region of the skull is narrow. The incisive foramina, which perforate the palate between the incisors and the molars, are long and narrow. The bony palate is short, with its posterior end often located between the third molars. The alisphenoid strut, an extension of the alisphenoid bone of the skull that separates two foramina (openings) in the skull, is present in some individuals. The mastoid bone usually contains some openings. In the holotype, the head and body length is 130 mm, the tail length is 160 mm, the hindfoot length (without claws) is 31 mm, the ear length is 27 mm, and the skull length is 35.7 mm.
Animals of the same family as a Nephelomys levipes
We found other animals of the Muridae family:
- Delany’s mouse with a weight of 4 grams
- Biting chinchilla mouse with a weight of 82 grams
- Aquatic rat with a weight of 66 grams
- Altiplano grass mouse with a weight of 20 grams
- Arizona woodrat with a weight of 200 grams
- Oligoryzomys longicaudatus with a weight of 27 grams
- Krebs’s fat mouse with a weight of 20 grams
- Long-clawed mole vole with a weight of 75 grams
- Mamore arboreal rice rat with a weight of 62 grams
- Blazed Luzon shrew-rat with a size of 19.5 cm (0′ 8″)
Animals with the same weight as a Nephelomys levipes
As a comparison, here are some other animals that weight as much as the Oryzomys levipes:
- Hainan gymnure bringing 52 grams to the scale
- Feather-tailed possum bringing 53 grams to the scale
- Dibbler bringing 72 grams to the scale
- Chelemys megalonyx bringing 50 grams to the scale
- Yellow-rumped leaf-eared mouse bringing 53 grams to the scale
- Yellow-spotted brush-furred rat bringing 57 grams to the scale
- Southern flying squirrel bringing 72 grams to the scale
- Akodon aerosus bringing 60 grams to the scale
- Alston’s cotton rat bringing 55 grams to the scale
- Jentink’s flying squirrel bringing 56 grams to the scale