Lamottemys okuensis 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Muridae

Scientific Name: Lamottemys okuensis
Species Authority: F. Petter, 1986
Common Name(s):
English Mount Oku Rat, Mt. Oku Rat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Dieterlen. F.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Endangered because its extent of occurrence is less than 400 km², its area of occupancy is 100 km², all individuals are in a single location (Mount Oku), and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Endangered (EN)
1996 Endangered (EN)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from Mount Oku, Cameroon, at elevations of 2,100 to 2,900 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Lower elevation limit (metres): 2100
Upper elevation limit (metres): 2900
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Population [top]

Population: It is known only from four specimens. The population size and the species abundance is not known.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This little-known species appears to be endemic to the montane rainforest of Mount Oku. Only about 100 km² of suitable forest habitat remains on Mount Oku (Oates et al. 2004). It is not known if the species can occur in modified habitats.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The restricted range of this species is threatened by continuing habitat loss, through clearance of land for agricultural use (including grazing) and presumably through some logging activities.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no known conservation measures for this species. Further research is needed into population abundance, the species range, biology, ecology, threats, and conservation measures. There is a need to monitor the species to record changes in population abundance and distribution. There is need to establish suitably managed protected areas for this species.

Citation: Dieterlen. F. 2008. Lamottemys okuensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T11202A3262377. . Downloaded on 24 May 2016.
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