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Tweedy's Crab-eating Rat
Range western Ecuador and central Panama.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Rodentia
Family Cricetidae
Genus Ichthyomys
Species Ichthyomys tweedii
Conservation Status
Data Deficient

The Tweedy's crab-eating rat (Ichthyomys tweedii), is a new species of crab-eating rat in the family Cricetidae. It is found in two disjoint regions in western Ecuador and central Panama. The species is found near fast-flowing streams in primary and secondary forest, and is known from elevations of 900 to 1700 m. It is presumed that like other members of its genus, it nocturnal and semiaquatic, and feeds on freshwater invertebrates, such as crabs. This rodent is threatened by habitat destruction and water pollution. Laughing Gull