Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

AMNH Subway Art #22

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An unknown (to me) species of rodent
as portrayed in tiles on the walls of the NYC uptown subway stop (A-B-C)
at 81st and Central Park West. (ISO, no zoom, no flash).

Image: GrrlScientist 2008 [wallpaper size].

Read more about the AMNH tile artworks and see the AMNH tile artworks photographic archives — with all the animals identified.


  1. #1 Barn Owl
    January 27, 2008

    An African climbing mouse, perhaps? Or a variety of spiny rat?

    Though the tail seems rather thick…might even be a pygmy opossum?

    Mystery Rodent, or Mystery Marsupial?

  2. #2 Hai~Ren
    January 27, 2008

    Even I am stumped; I believe it should be a rodent, although I can’t discount the possibility of it being a marsupial just yet. The problem is whether if it’s arodent, whether it’s a cricetid or murid, and what continent this critter hails from, which would go a long way towards narrowing down the list of suspects.

    Is it just me, or could the Monito del Monte (Dromiciops gliroides) be a possibility? There’s something about this photo which I find similar to the art.

  3. #3 "GrrlScientist"
    January 27, 2008

    hrm, yeah, it could be a marsupial, couldn’t it?

    i have no idea of the continent it’s from, nor whether it’s a marsupial or a rodent .. i think this one may remain a mystery.

  4. #4 carolyn13
    January 27, 2008

    How about Hydromys chrysogaster, or the Australian Water Rat? That white tipped thick tail is a distinctive feature of that species, though this one looks like it has some gerbil in it.

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