Lophuromys melanonyx


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Lophuromys melanonyx
Species Authority: 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: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Lavrenchenko, L.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Vulnerable because its extent of occurrence is less than 20,000 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.
2004 Vulnerable

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 Mtns, east of the Rift Valley, where it is found at elevations of 3,100 to 4,300 m asl.
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Population [top]

Population: This species is abundant where it is found, but it has a very restricted range.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It inhabits high altitude grasslands. It is not known if the species can persist in disturbed or modified habitats.
Systems: Terrestrial

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: Lavrenchenko, L. 2008. Lophuromys melanonyx. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 30 August 2015.
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