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Aethomys chrysophilus

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Mammalia
Subclassis: Theria
Infraclassis: Placentalia
Ordo: Rodentia
Subordo: Myomorpha
Superfamilia: Muroidea
Familia: Muridae
Subfamilia: Murinae
Genus: Aethomys
Species: Aethomys chrysophilus


Aethomys chrysophilus (de Winton, 1897)

Type locality: E Zimbabwe, Mashonaland, Mazoe (see Chimimba, 1998:430).


* Aethomys chrysophilus imago Thomas, 1927
* Rattus (Aethomys) chrysophilus singidae Kershaw, 1923
* Mus chrysophilus De Winton, 1897
* Mus voi Osgood, 1910
* Mus chrysophilus acticola Thomas & Wroughton, 1908
* Mus chrysophilus alticola Lydekker, 1910


* de Winton, W. E. 1897. On collections of rodents made by Mr. J. ffolliot Darling in Mashunaland and Mr. F. C. Selous in Matabeleland, with short field-notes by the collectors. Proceedings of Zoological Society of London, 1896: 801.
* Thomas, O., and R. C. Wroughton, 1908. The Rudd exploration of S. Africa.—X. List of mammals collected by Mr. Grant near Tette, Zambesia. Proceedings of the General Meetings for Scientific Business of the Zoological Society of London, 1908: 547.
* Osgood, W. H. 1910. Diagnoses of new East African mammals, including a new genus of Muridae. Field Museum of Natural History, Zoology Series, 10: 11.
* Kershaw, P. S. 1923. On some small mammals from Tanganyika Terrritory. Annals and Magazine of Natural History, Series 9, 12: 535.
* Thomas, O. 1927. On the mammals of the Gobabis district, eastern Damaraland, South West Africa, obtained during Capt. Shortridge’s Fourth Percy Sladen and Kaffrarian Museum Expedition. Proceedings of Zoological Society of London, 1927: 387.
* Linzey, A. V., and C. T. Chimimba, 2008. Aethomys chrysophilus, Mammalian Species, 808: 1-10.


* Aethomys chrysophilus in Mammal Species of the World.
Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 2 Volume Set edited by Don E. Wilson, DeeAnn M. Reeder
* IUCN link: Aethomys chrysophilus (de Winton, 1897) (Least Concern)
* Aethomys chrysophilus (de Winton, 1897) Report on ITIS

Vernacular names
English: Red Rock Rat, Red Veld Aethomys


The Red Rock Rat (Aethomys chrysophilus) is a species of rodent in the Muridae family. It is found in Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, dry savanna, moist savanna, arable land, pastureland, and plantations . It is threatened by habitat loss.


1. ^ Agwanda, B., Corti, M. & Taylor, P.J. (2008). Aethomys chrysophilus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 8 February 2009.

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