Temporal range: Late Pliocene to Recent
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These rats are wetland habitat specialists, occurring in marshy areas with wet ground and thick vegetation, such as swamps and vleis. They swim well. They are nocturnal and solitary. Species are more common in the northern regions of Sub-Saharan Africa, likely because their wetland habitat is more degraded in southern regions.
- Dasymys alleni – Glover Allen's dasymys
- Dasymys cabrali – Crawford-Cabral's dasymys
- Dasymys foxi – Fox's shaggy rat
- Dasymys incomtus – African marsh rat
- Dasymys montanus – Montane shaggy rat
- Dasymys nudipes – Angolan marsh rat
- Dasymys robertsii
- Dasymys rufulus – West African shaggy rat
- Dasymys rwandae – Rwandan dasymys
- Dasymys shortridgei
- Dasymys sua – Tanzanian dasymys
- Monatsb. K. Preuss. Akad. Wiss., Berlin: 12. In: Wilson, D. E. & D. M. Reeder. (eds.) 2005. Mammal Species of the World. A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed). Johns Hopkins University Press. 2005.
- Mullin, S. K., et al. (2004). Skull size and shape of Dasymys (Rodentia, Muridae) from sub-Saharan Africa. Mammalia 68(2-3), 185-220.
- Mullin, S. K., et al. (2005). The distribution of the water rat Dasymys (Muridae) in Africa: a review. South African Journal of Science 101(3), 117-24.
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