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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: Zyzomys
Species: Z. argurus - Z. maini - Z. palatilis - Z. pedunculatus - Z. rackhami - Z. woodwardi


Zyzomys Thomas, 1909


* Zyzomys on 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

Type species: Mus argurus Thomas, 1889


Zyzomys is a genus of rodents with unusually thick, long tails. Five species of the genus are known in Australia, where they are called rock rats or thick-tailed rats. They were discovered by Michael Rogers Oldfield Thomas in 1909.


The Central Rock Rat (Zyzomys pedunculatus) was once believed to be extinct until rediscovered in 1996.

* Silver-Tailed Rock Rat, Zyzomys argurus
* Arnhem Land Rock Rat, Zyzomys maini
* Carpentarian Rock Rat, Zyzomys palatilis
* Central Rock Rat, Zyzomys pedunculatus
* Kimberley Rock Rat, Zyzomys woodwardi


* Musser, G. G. and M. D. Carleton. 2005. Superfamily Muroidea. Pp. 894-1531 in Mammal Species of the World a Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder eds. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.

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