; order Rodentia, suborder Hystricomorpha)
A family of small, ground-dwelling rodents of arid, rocky environments in which the legs are short and the digits are reduced to four on each foot, the two inner digits of the fore feet bearing bristles. The eyes are large, the ears rounded. The tail is short and fully haired. There are four genera, and eight species, occurring in N. Africa.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.