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Aethomys is a genus of rodent from Africa.[1] They are commonly referred to as rock rats, bush rats or rock mice.

Temporal range: Early Pliocene to Recent
Namaqua rock mouse feeding on Pagoda Lily nectar.jpg
Namaqua rock rat
(Aethomys namaquensis)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Subfamily: Murinae
Genus: Aethomys
Thomas, 1915
Type species
Epimys hindei
Thomas, 1902

Aethomys bocagei
Aethomys chrysophilus
Aethomys granti
Aethomys hindei
Aethomys ineptus
Aethomys kaiseri
Aethomys namaquensis
Aethomys nyikae
Aethomys silindensis
Aethomys stannarius
Aethomys thomasi



  1. ^ CHIMIMBA, CHRISTIAN T., NICO J. DIPPENAAR, and TERENCE J. ROBINSON. "Morphometric and morphological delineation of southern African species of Aethomys (Rodentia: Muridae)." Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 67.4 (1999): 501-527.