Mastomys coucha 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Muridae

Scientific Name: Mastomys coucha (Smith, 1834)
Common Name(s):
English Southern African Mastomys, Southern Multimammate Mouse

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-02-01
Assessor(s): Cassola, F.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Coetzee, N., Griffin, M. & Granjon, L.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in a number of protected areas, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is largely endemic to southern Africa. It is found in South Africa (Eastern, Northern and Western Cape Provinces, Free State, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, North-West Province and Limpopo Province), Lesotho, southern and western Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, central and northern Namibia to southern Angola. There are disjunct subpopulations in Angola-Namibia and Zimbabwe-Mozambique. The species is found from sea level to 1,600 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Angola; Botswana; Lesotho; Mozambique; Namibia; South Africa; Zimbabwe
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):1600
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Population [top]

Population:It is a very common species.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This nocturnal species occurs in a wide range of habitats: semi-desert, Karoo shrublands, highveld grasslands, dry savannah to moist savannah. It is also found in cultivated fields and is a commensal species. It is known to be a transmitter of plague and bilharzia.
Generation Length (years):1-2

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in many protected areas. No direct conservation measures are currently needed for this species as a whole.

Citation: Cassola, F. 2016. Mastomys coucha. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T12865A22425161. . Downloaded on 22 June 2018.
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