Ansell's mole-rat

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Ansell's mole-rat
Cryptomys anselli.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Bathyergidae
Genus: Fukomys
Species: F. anselli
Binomial name
Fukomys anselli
(Burda, Zima, Scharff, Macholán & Kawalika, 1999)

Cryptomys anselli

Ansell's mole-rat (Fukomys anselli) is a species of rodent in the family Bathyergidae. It is endemic to Zambia. Its natural habitats are moist savanna and miombo forests. It is noted for its very long tunnels, up to 2.8 km (1.7 mi) for a single colony of only ten individuals.[2]

Ansell's mole-rat at Leipzig Zoo, Germany
Ansell's mole-rat (Fukomys anselli)
Ansell's mole-rat (Fukomys anselli)
Ansell's mole-rat (Fukomys anselli)


  • 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.