Laonastes aenigmamus

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Taxonavigation: Hystricomorpha

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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Chordata Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Amniota
Cladus: Synapsida
Informal group: Pelycosauria
Cladus: Eupelycosauria
Ordo: Therapsida
Cladus: Theriodontia
Cladus: Cynodontia
Cladus: Mammaliaformes
Classis: Mammalia
Subclassis: Trechnotheria
Infraclassis: Zatheria
Supercohort: Theria
Cohort: Placentalia
Ordo: Rodentia
Subordo: Hystricomorpha

Familia: Diatomyidae
Genus: Laonastes
Species: Laonastes aenigmamus


  • Laonastes aenigmamus Jenkins et al., 2005
    • Authority for current placement: original
      • undisputed by all subsequent authorities
    • Original genus: Laonastes Jenkins et al., 2005
    • Original status: valid species
    • Primary type: holotype
      • Fixation: designated
      • Description: 'adult male skull, body in ethanol'
      • Repository: BMNH 1999.72 (collector's number 20/99)
    • Type locality: 'Vicinity of Ban Mauang and Ban Doy, Thakhek District, south eastern edge of Khammouan Limestone National Biodiversity Conservation Area, Khammouan Province, Lao People's Democratic Republic, 17°33'45"N 104°49'10"E, altitude 160 m asl'


  • Dawson, M.R.; Marivaux, L.; Li, C.-k.; Beard, K.C.; Métais, G. 2006: Laonastes and the "Lazarus effect" in Recent mammals. Science, 311(5766): 1456-1458. doi: 10.1126/science.1124187
  • Jenkins, P.D.; Kilpatrick, C.W.; Robinson, M.F.; Timmins, R.J. 2005: Morphological and molecular investigations of a new family, genus and species of rodent (Mammalia: Rodentia: Hystricognatha) from Lao PDR. Systematics and biodiversity, 2(4): 419-454. doi: 10.1017/S1477200004001549 PDF

Vernacular names[edit]

English: Laotian rock rat
日本語: ラオスイワネズミ
suomi: Kivirotta
ไทย: หนูหิน