Aethomys chrysophilus

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Aethomys chrysophilus


Taxonavigation: Muroidea 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Cladus: Synapsida
Cladus: Eupelycosauria
Cladus: Sphenacodontia
Cladus: Sphenacodontoidea
Ordo: Therapsida
Cladus: Theriodontia
Subordo: Cynodontia
Infraordo: Eucynodontia
Cladus: Probainognathia
Cladus: Prozostrodontia
Cladus: Mammaliaformes
Classis: Mammalia
Subclassis: Trechnotheria
Infraclassis: Zatheria
Supercohort: Theria
Cohort: Eutheria
Cohort: Placentalia
Superordo: 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: 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