Ethiopian amphibious rat

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Ethiopian Amphibious Rat
Temporal range: Recent
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Subfamily: Murinae
Genus: Nilopegamys
Osgood, 1928
Species: N. plumbeus
Binomial name
Nilopegamys plumbeus
Osgood, 1928

The Ethiopian Amphibious Rat or Ethiopian Water Mouse (Nilopegamys plumbeus) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is the only species in the genus Nilopegamys. It is found only in Ethiopia. Its natural habitat is rivers. It is threatened by habitat loss. It is a murine freshwater being.


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