Namaqua rock rat

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Namaqua rock rat
Namaqua rock mouse feeding on Pagoda Lily nectar.jpg
Feeding on nectar
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Genus: Aethomys
Species: A. namaquensis
Binomial name
Aethomys namaquensis
(A. Smith, 1834)

Micaelamys namaquensis

The Namaqua rock rat (Aethomys namaquensis) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae.[2] It is sometimes included in the genus Micaelamys. It is found in Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Its natural habitats are temperate forest, dry savanna, temperate shrubland, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, temperate grassland, rocky areas, hot desert, temperate desert, rocky shores, arable land, rural gardens, and urban areas.[1]

Parasites include the chigger species: Afropolonia tgifi, Gahrliepia nana, Acomatacarus thallomyia, Hyracarus lawrencei, Herpetacarus aethomys, Herpetacarus longispinus, and Zumptrombicula misonnei.[3]


  1. ^ a b Coetzee, N.; Griffin, M. & Taylor, P.J. (2008). "Aethomys namaquensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 8 February 2009. 
  2. ^ Musser, G.G.; Carleton, M.D. (2005). "Superfamily Muroidea". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. 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. 
  3. ^ Stekolnikov, Alexandr A. (2018). "Taxonomy and distribution of African chiggers (Acariformes, Trombiculidae)". European Journal of Taxonomy. 395: 11, 17. doi:10.5852/ejt.2018.395Freely accessible.