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The range of African grass rats, Arvicanthis niloticus, is traditionally held to extend along the Nile river valley and across most of sub-Saharan Africa, with the exception of the southern and southwestern regions of the continent. However, much debate over the number and range of species within the genus Arvicanthis has yet to be resolved, and the range of A. niloticus may be much more restricted. From genetic analysis, Ducroz, Volobouev, and Granjon (1998) claim this species occurs only in Egypt and northern West Africa, but Musser and Carleton (1993) argue that A. niloticus also inhabits regions including and surrounding Ethiopia.
Biogeographic Regions: ethiopian (Native )