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Steatomys opimus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA NESOMYIDAE

Scientific Name: Steatomys opimus
Species Authority: Pousargues, 1894

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Hoffmann, M. & Cox, N.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern because, although it is not well known, it occurs in an area of extensive, suitable habitat which appears not to be under threat, has a presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This Central African species is distributed from central and eastern Cameroon, though southern Central African Republic and northern parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (north of the Congo Basin), to southern Sudan in the east of its range.
Countries:
Native:
Cameroon; Central African Republic; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; South Sudan
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Population [top]

Population: It is generally uncommon or rare.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It has been recorded from moist savanna grasslands and forest margin areas. It appears to prefers sandy soils on valley slopes above riverine forest, with dense tall grasses and termite mounds.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are presumably no major threats to this species as a whole.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known if the species is present in any protected areas. Further studies are needed into the distribution, abundance, natural history, and threats to this little-known species.

Citation: Hoffmann, M. & Cox, N. 2008. Steatomys opimus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 20 December 2014.
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