Perodicticus ibeanus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Primates Lorisidae

Scientific Name: Perodicticus ibeanus Thomas, 1910
Common Name(s):
English East African Potto, Eastern Potto
Perodicticus potto ssp. ibeanus Thomas, 1910
Taxonomic Source(s): Mittermeier, R.A., Rylands, A.B. and Wilson D.E. 2013. Handbook of the Mammals of the World: Volume 3 Primates. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
Taxonomic Notes: Treated by Grubb et al. (2003) as a subspecies of Perodicticus poto and assessed in 2008 as a subspecies, but molecular and genetic studies have shown it to be a distinct species (Mittermeier et al. 2013).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2008-07-01
Assessor(s): Oates, J.F., Butynski, T.M., Kingdon, J., Bearder, S. & Pimley, E.
Reviewer(s): Mittermeier, R.A. & Rylands, A.B. (Primate Red List Authority)
Listed as Least Concern as this species is widespread and common. It may be declining in some areas, but there is no evidence of a significant range-wide population decline that would warrant listing in a higher category of threat.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs from east and south of the Ubangi River, and north and east of Congo River, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, eastwards extending east of the Lualaba River to northwest Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda to the Kakamega and Nandi forests and surrounds in southwestern Kenya (see Butynski and de Jong 2007). Occurs from 600 up to 2,300 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Burundi; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Kenya; Rwanda; Uganda
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):600
Upper elevation limit (metres):2300
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Population [top]

Population:The East African Potto is fairly widespread and common. Butynski and De jong (2007) summarize encounter rates and densities and note that densities range between <2 and 28 individuals/km².
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species inhabits all strata of lowland and montane tropical moist forest, swamp forest, and other lowland forest types.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): East African Pottos are known to be widespread in secondary and primary forests, and even in disturbed forest near human habitation. There are probably no major threats resulting in a range-wide population decline, but localized declines are likely taking place due to habitat loss from clear-cutting and intensive agriculture, and from hunting.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is listed on Appendix II of CITES and on Class B of the African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (as Perodicticus potto). This species is present in many protected areas throughout its range.

Citation: Oates, J.F., Butynski, T.M., Kingdon, J., Bearder, S. & Pimley, E. 2016. Perodicticus ibeanus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T136875A91994883. . Downloaded on 26 May 2018.
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