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Derek William Niemann, BA

Class Mammalia Order Rodentia Suborder Hystricognathi Family Petromuridae

Dassie rats


Squirrel-like, with less bushy tails and a scattered cover of long hair over the last three-quarters of the tail; pelage is soft and silky with no underfur; a yellow enamel layer on the front of the small, narrow and ungrooved incisors


9.9-10.9 in (253-279 mm); 6.0-9.2 oz (170-262 g)

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Number of genera, species

1 genus; 1 species

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Rocky areas in the South West Arid Zone of Africa

) M.

Not globally threatened



Southern Angola, Namibia, and northwestern South Africa

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