Lophuromys melanonyx 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Muridae

Scientific Name: Lophuromys melanonyx F. Petter, 1972
Common Name(s):
English Black-clawed Brush-furred Rat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-04-06
Assessor(s): Kennerley, R. & Lavrenchenko, L.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Listed as Vulnerable because its extent of occurrence is approximately 17,446 km², it is known from fewer than ten locations, the range is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to southern and central Ethiopia, west of the Ethiopian Rift Valley (Dieterlen 1987), and in the Bale Mountains (Fekdu et al. 2015), Chilala-Galama (Kasso et al. 2010), and in Kaka and Hunkolo (Girma et al. 2012). It is found at elevations of 3,100 to 4,300 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Additional data:
Number of Locations:5-10
Lower elevation limit (metres):3100
Upper elevation limit (metres):4300
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Population [top]

Population:This species is abundant where it is found, for example in a study of the Bale Mountains 53% of rodents trapped were Lophuromys melanonyx (Fekdu et al. 2015), but has a very restricted range.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:Yes

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:The species has been recorded in Erica scrub, agricultural land, afroalpine, and in riverine forest (Girma et al. 2012).
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:Yes

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is susceptible to habitat degradation due to overgrazing of vegetation by domestic livestock and fires.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is protected by the Bale Mountain National Park. Research into potential conservation measures is needed. Populations of this species should be monitored to record changes in abundance and distribution. Habitat maintenance, conservation and restoration are needed, as is the identification, establishment, and management of protected areas.

Citation: Kennerley, R. & Lavrenchenko, L. 2016. Lophuromys melanonyx. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T12351A22408287. . Downloaded on 25 April 2018.
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