Mus indutus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Muridae

Scientific Name: Mus indutus
Species Authority: (Thomas, 1910)
Common Name(s):
English Desert Pygmy Mouse

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Monadjem, A.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern because, it is a widespread and extremely abundant species with population explosions at times. There are no major threats to the species.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Least Concern (LC)
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species has been recorded from northern South Africa (Northern Cape Province, North-West Province, Gauteng and Limpopo Province), western Zimbabwe, Botswana, southwestern Zambia, central and northern Namibia and southern Angola. It generally recorded at elevations close to 1,000 m asl but it has also been found up to 1,600 m in Gauteng, South Africa..
Countries occurrence:
Angola (Angola); Botswana; Namibia; South Africa; Zambia; Zimbabwe
Upper elevation limit (metres): 1600
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Population [top]

Population: It is an abundant to very abundant species. This species may undergo population explosions during periods of high food availability, and is considered to be one of the most abundant small mammals in the Kalahari.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species tolerates a wide range of habitats in semi-arid savannas. It generally avoids open microhabitats. Further details are needed on whether this species is present in agricultural land.
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.

Citation: Monadjem, A. 2008. Mus indutus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T13964A4372546. . Downloaded on 30 November 2015.
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