African wading rat

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African wading rat
Temporal range: Pleistocene to recent
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Genus: Colomys
Thomas & Wroughton, 1907
C. goslingi
Binomial name
Colomys goslingi

The African wading rat or African water rat (Colomys goslingi) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is the only species in the genus Colomys. It is native to Africa, where it occurs in Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Liberia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda, and Zambia.[1]

An aquatic species, this rat is found in and around streams and pools in rainforest habitat, and sometimes in grassland and savanna regions.[1]


  1. ^ a b Kerbis Peterhans, J., et al. 2008. Colomys goslingi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. Downloaded on 11 April 2015.


  • Colomys. Integrated Taxonomic Information System. (ITIS)
  • Musser, G.G.; Carleton, M.D. (2005). "Superfamily Muroidea". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 894–1531. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.