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Daniel's Tufted-tailed Rat
Range south-central Madagascar
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Rodentia
Family Nesomyidae
Genus Eliurus
Species Eliurus danieli

The Daniel's tufted-tailed rat (Eliurus danieli), is a species of nesomyid in the Nesomyidae family. It was discovered in 2003 in the Parc National de l’Isalo in south-central Madagascar. It is named for Daniel Rakotondravony, professor of animal biology at the University of Antananarivo, Madagascar.

Daniel's tufted-tailed rat first became known in 1995, when a specimen was found to belong to the majori-penicillatus complex. Molecular data suggested that Eliurus majori was a close relative; study of two more animals found in 2002 indicated that it is a different species.