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We report here characteristic features of hair anatomy of all fifteen muroid rodent species occurring in Sri Lanka. We examined cuticular scale patterns, cross-sections, medullae patterns, hair profile and made measurements (length and maximum width) of dorsal guard hairs. We also developed a dichotomous key for identification of rodent species based on hair anatomy, supported with photomicrographs of cuticular scales, medullae and illustrations of cross-sections. All species except spiny ratsdoi:10.4038/cjsbs.v43i2.7322 fatcat:bokhvvdn25ajfomxg56qycly54