Mastomys shortridgei


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Mastomys shortridgei
Species Authority: (St. Leger, 1933)
Common Name(s):
English Shortridge’s Mastomys, Shortridge's 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.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its abundance within its restricted distribution, its presumed large population, and because its habitat 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 has been recorded from the extreme northwestern parts of Botswana and northeastern Namibia (Caprivi area) in the region of the confluence of the Okavango and Kwito rivers. It is also found in eastern Angola (Crawford-Cabral 1998). It is a lowland species found up to 400 m asl.
Angola (Angola); Botswana; Namibia
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Population [top]

Population: It is locally common.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species apparently inhabits reedbeds, grassy swamps and marshes (de Graaff 1981; Skinner and Smithers 2005). It is not known if the species can persist in disturbed or modified habitats.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in a few protected areas.

Citation: Coetzee, N. & Griffin, M. 2008. Mastomys shortridgei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 04 September 2015.
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