Lemniscomys macculus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Muridae

Scientific Name: Lemniscomys macculus
Species Authority: (Thomas & Wroughton, 1910)
Common Name(s):
English Buffoon Lemniscomys, Buffoon Striped Grass Mouse

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): van der Straeten, E., Lavrenchenko, L. & Abdel-Rahman, E.H.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, it occurs in a number of protected areas, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Least Concern (LC)
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species has been recorded from northeast Democratic Republic of the Congo, southern Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and quite possibly Rwanda; the precise range limits are not well known. It has an altitudinal range of 500 to 1,300 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Ethiopia; Kenya; South Sudan; Uganda
Lower elevation limit (metres): 500
Upper elevation limit (metres): 1300
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Population [top]

Population: In Uganda where it is parapatric with L. striatus, L. macculus is less numerous. In northern parts of the range (e.g., Ethiopia) it is very common (L. Lavrenchenko pers. comm.) , but it is certainly less common than other species, and there are not as many specimens from this area in museums
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is found in semi-arid areas, such as dry river beds, open grasslands with Acacias and Euphorbia candelabra, and rarely in dense grasslands. In southeastern Sudan, it occurs in regions where rainfall is 800 to 1,200 mm per annum. It may also favour rocky outcrops. In moister areas, this species is found in fire climax grasslands and moist savanna. This is a granivorous species.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is likely to occur in a large number of protected areas.

Citation: van der Straeten, E., Lavrenchenko, L. & Abdel-Rahman, E.H. 2008. Lemniscomys macculus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T11492A3285519. . Downloaded on 25 November 2015.
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