Family Bathyergidae Waterhouse 1841 (mole rat)

Mammalia - Rodentia - Bathyergidae

Parent taxon: Phiomorpha according to D. Huchon and E. J. P. Douzery 2001

See also Bonaparte 1850, Carroll 1988, Nowak 1991 and Nowak 1999

Sister taxa: Birkamys, Mubhammys, Phiomyidae, Turkanamys

Subtaxa: Bathyergoides Bathyergus Cryptomys Cyclomylus Geofossor Georychus Gypsorhynchus Heliophobius Heterocephalus Paracryptomys Proheliophobius Tsaganomyinae

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Type: Bathyergus

Ecology: fossorial herbivore

Distribution:

• Quaternary of Ethiopia (3 collections), South Africa (25), Tanzania (3), Zambia (3)

• Pliocene to Pleistocene of South Africa (2)

• Pliocene of South Africa (8), Tanzania (8)

• Miocene to Pliocene of South Africa (2)

• Miocene of Kenya (4), Namibia (1)

• Oligocene of China (19), Kazakhstan (2), Kenya (1), Mongolia (33)

• Eocene of Namibia (1)

Total: 115 collections including 171 occurrences

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