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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Cladus: Sarcopterygii
Cladus: Rhipidistia
Cladus: Tetrapodomorpha
Cladus: Eotetrapodiformes
Cladus: Elpistostegalia
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Cladus: Synapsida
Cladus: Eupelycosauria
Cladus: Sphenacodontia
Cladus: Sphenacodontoidea
Cladus: Therapsida
Cladus: Theriodontia
Subordo: Cynodontia
Infraordo: Eucynodontia
Cladus: Probainognathia
Cladus: Prozostrodontia
Cladus: Mammaliaformes
Classis: Mammalia
Subclassis: Trechnotheria
Infraclassis: Zatheria
Supercohors: Theria
Cohors: Eutheria
Infraclassis: Placentalia
Cladus: Boreoeutheria
Superordo: Euarchontoglires
Ordo: Rodentia
Subordo: Myomorpha
Superfamilia: Muroidea

Familia: Muridae
Subfamilia: Murinae
Genus: Dasymys
Species: D. alleni - D. cabrali - D. foxi - D. incomtus - D. montanus - D. nudipes - D. rufulus - D. rwandae - D. sua

Dasymys Peters, 1875

Dasymys in Mammal Species of the World.
Wilson, Don E. & Reeder, DeeAnn M. (Editors) 2005. Mammal Species of the World – A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. Third edition. ISBN 0-8018-8221-4.

Type species: Dasymys gueinzii Peters, 1875 (= Mus incomtus Sundevall, 1847; see Allen, 1939ref)
Vernacular names
magyar: Borzaspatkányok

Dasymys is a genus of semiaquatic rodents in the subfamily Murinae, the Old World rats and mice. The genus is endemic to Africa.[1]

These rats are wetland habitat specialists, occurring in marshy areas with wet ground and thick vegetation, such as swamps and vleis. They swim well. They are nocturnal and solitary.[2] Species are more common in the northern regions of Sub-Saharan Africa, likely because their wetland habitat is more degraded in southern regions.[3]

The genus is not well studied and its taxonomy is not clear. The number of species and their relationships have only been tentatively determined.[2]

Species include:

Dasymys alleni – Glover Allen's dasymys
Dasymys cabrali – Crawford-Cabral's dasymys
Dasymys foxi – Fox's shaggy rat
Dasymys incomtus – African marsh rat
Dasymys montanus – Montane shaggy rat
Dasymys nudipes – Angolan marsh rat
Dasymys robertsii
Dasymys rufulus – West African shaggy rat
Dasymys rwandae – Rwandan dasymys
Dasymys shortridgei
Dasymys sua – Tanzanian dasymys


Monatsb. K. Preuss. Akad. Wiss., Berlin: 12. In: Wilson, D. E. & D. M. Reeder. (eds.) 2005. Mammal Species of the World. A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed). Johns Hopkins University Press. 2005.
Mullin, S. K., et al. (2004). Skull size and shape of Dasymys (Rodentia, Muridae) from sub-Saharan Africa. Archived 2013-12-02 at the Wayback Machine Mammalia 68(2-3), 185-220.
Mullin, S. K., et al. (2005). The distribution of the water rat Dasymys (Muridae) in Africa: a review. Archived 2013-12-02 at the Wayback Machine South African Journal of Science 101(3), 117-24.

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