A stocky, vole-like rodent, the eastern puna mouse (Punomys kofordi) takes its scientific name from the American naturalist and conservationist Dr Karl B. Kofordi (2) (3). Its common name is derived from the puna grassland region it inhabits in the eastern Andes, where it is unusual in being one of the only mammals that is found entirely at such high elevations (2).
The long, soft, loose fur of the eastern puna mouse is generally dull buffy-brown or greyish-brown on the upperparts, and white or greyish on the underparts, with a buffy wash. The tail is usually dusky above and white below, and the hands and feet are dusky on the top and black below, with small claws (2).
- Head-body length: 13 - 15 cm (2)
- Tail length: 4.6 - 7.7 cm (2)