Aethomys chrysophilus

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Aethomys chrysophilus


Taxonavigation: Muroidea 

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
Cladus: Cynodontia
Cladus: 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: 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 Territory. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (Series 9) 12: 534–536. DOI: 10.1080/00222932308632970 Paywall. [p. 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.


Vernacular names[edit]

English: Red Rock Rat, Red Veld Aethomys