The elusive Togo Mouse

Togo Mouse

In 1890,during the colonization of the Togo, there was found a new species of mouse. It was named the Leimacomyis buettneri or more often called the Togo Mouse. The species was rare even then as only two individuals were part of the sample. However, these were put into a new genus Leimacominae, of the family Muridae(Rats and Mice), within the order Rodentia.

The animal is not very distinguished. It is mostly brown with fawn flanks and has hairy ears and also slightly hairy feet. The tail is naked and short. Based on its teeth, it looks like it survives on eating insects.

Based on lack of other specimen over the years it is to be assumed that this species is on the verge of extinction. The various expedition in the forest around the region have had no success. However, local inhabitant have identified this creature and they call it “Yefuli“. The probable cause of their rarity is de-forestation and hunting for meat by the local folk. The area in which they live is not very accessible so it can be hoped that some local populations have have survived, and like other Murids, even thrive as you read this piece.

The ecosystems around our precious planet are very delicate and even small nondescript species matter.

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