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Pedetidae


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; order Rodentia, suborder Sciuromorpha)

A monospecific family (Pedetes capensis) of rabbit-like, burrowing or terrestrial, nocturnal rodents which move by hopping or leaping. The ears are long and can be closed by rolling the pinna during digging, the hind limbs are long and modified for jumping, the fore limbs are short and possess long claws. There are five digits on the fore limbs and four on the hind limbs. The tail is long, and covered with long hair. Pedetidae are distributed through central and southern Africa.

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