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Hydromys chrysogaster 17072011.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Genus: Hydromys
Species: H. chrysogaster
Binomial name
Hydromys chrysogaster
Geoffroy, 1804
Water Rat.JPG
Distribution of the Water Rat

Hydromys chrysogaster, commonly known as Rakali or Water-rat, is an Australian native rodent. The species lives in burrows on the banks of rivers, lakes and estuaries and feeds on aquatic insects, fish, crustaceans, mussels, snails, frogs, birds' eggs and water birds. Rakali have a body 231–370 millimetres (9.1–14.6 in) in length, weigh 340–1,275 grams (0.750–2.811 lb), and have a thick tail measuring around 242–345 millimetres (9.5–13.6 in). They have webbed hind legs, waterproof fur, a flattened head, a long blunt nose, many whiskers and small ears and eyes. They are black to brown in colour with an orange to white belly, and dark tail with a white tip.

Common names[edit]

Until the 1980s, this species was commonly known as Water-rat, but during the 1990s there was a push for such descriptive English common names to be replaced with indigenous names. In 1995 the Australian Nature Conservation Agency released a document in which the following indigenous names were recorded for H. chrysogaster. They recommended that the name Rakali be adopted as the common name,[2] and the Australian Department of Environment and Heritage has taken up this suggestion. Both common names are now widespread.


  1. ^ Aplin, K., Copley, P., Robinson, T., Burbidge, A., Morris, K., Woinarski, J., Friend, T., Ellis, M. & Menkhorst, P. (2008). Hydromys chrysogaster. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 10 October 2008.
  2. ^ a b Braithwaite R. W. et al. (1995). Australian names for Australian rodents. Australian Nature Conservation Agency. ISBN 0-642-21373-9. 

External links[edit]

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The West Australian

The West Australian
Tue, 02 Dec 2014 13:33:45 -0800

Among the long and growing list of Australia's endangered native wildlife species, they are perhaps one of the least known and most easily confused. The rakali - colloquially known as the Australian water rat - has been mistakenly called a platypus, an ...
ABC Online
Sun, 11 Jan 2015 08:32:33 -0800

The water rat's scientific name is Hydromys chrysogaster, for its golden belly fluff. In my opinion, the water rat draws the race for the cutest amphibious mammal in Australia with the platypus. But the Rakali do suffer from PR issues; it's hard to ...
ABC Online
Thu, 01 May 2014 21:47:25 -0700

The rakali is one of many mammals that migrated to the ancient continent about 4 - 5 million years ago. There was a massive migration of mammals at that time, and then another migration to the continent about 1 million years ago. These groups of ...

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Wildlife Extra
Wed, 28 May 2014 00:18:45 -0700

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