Cryptomys is the genus of mole-rats, endemic to Africa. Most of the species formerly placed in this genus were moved to the genus Fukomys in 2006.

Temporal range: Early Pliocene to Recent
Cryptomys hottentotus - Museo Civico di Storia Naturale Giacomo Doria - Genoa, Italy - DSC02822.JPG
Cryptomys hottentotus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Bathyergidae
Genus: Cryptomys
Gray, 1864

Cryptomys anomalus
Cryptomys holosericeus
Cryptomys hottentotus
Cryptomys natalensis
Cryptomys nimrodi


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  • Woods, C. A. and C. W. Kilpatrick. 2005. pp 1538–1600 in Mammal Species of the World a Taxonomic and Geographic Reference 3rd ed. D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder eds. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D.C.