Mastomys coucha


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Mastomys coucha
Species Authority: (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: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Coetzee, N., Griffin, M. & Granjon, L.
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, has a 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.
2004 Least Concern

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.
Angola (Angola); Botswana; Lesotho; Mozambique; Namibia; South Africa; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population: It is a very common species.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This nocturnal species occurs in a wide range of habitats: semi-desert, Karoo shrublands, highveld grasslands, dry savanna to moist savanna. It is also found in cultivated fields and is a commensal species. Known to be a transmitter of plague and bilharzia.
Systems: Terrestrial

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: Coetzee, N., Griffin, M. & Granjon, L. 2008. Mastomys coucha. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 30 August 2015.
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