The southern grasshopper mouse is categorized in the order Rodentia and family Cricetidae, but is unique among other North American rodents due to its arthropod-heavy diet.
The southern grasshopper mouse is a species of the order Rodentia, and is in the family Cricetidae. It is unique among other North American rodents in the family Cricetidae in that its diet consists mostly of arthropods.
The southern grasshopper mouse overlaps greatly in niche characteristics with the northern grasshopper mouse (Onychomys leucogaster), though it seems to prey more heavily on arthropods. In potential areas of overlap with the northern grasshopper mouse in southern Mono County, California, the southern grasshopper mouse may occupy
areas of lower elevation. There are no other likely competitors.
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• Sources | (Brylski, n.d.; Horner, Taylor, & Padykula, 1964; McCarty, 1975; McCarty, 1975; The Wikimedia Foundation, 2020; Wilson, & Reeder, 2005)