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is a genus of rodent
Rodentia is an order of mammals also known as rodents, characterised by two continuously growing incisors in the upper and lower jaws which must be kept short by gnawing....
in the tribe Oryzomyini
Oryzomyini is a tribe of rodents in the subfamily Sigmodontinae of family Cricetidae. It includes about 120 species in about thirty genera, distributed from the eastern United States to the southernmost parts of South America, including many offshore islands...
of family Cricetidae
The Cricetidae are a family of rodents in the large and complex superfamily Muroidea. It includes true hamsters, voles, lemmings, and New World rats and mice...
, which is distributed in northern South America
and adjacent Central America
. It contains three species, two of which—Melanomys robustulus
and Melanomys zunigae
—have limited distributions. The third, Melanomys caliginosus
, is more widely distributed, but may be a species complex.