Mus indutus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Muridae

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

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-09-07
Assessor(s): Child, M.F. & Monadjem, A.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.

The rate of habitat loss in the North West Province, which constitutes a large portion of the species’ extent of occurrence, was 12% between 1994 and 2010. However, this species is expanding in the North West Province because it is able to exist in agricultural habitats and wildlife ranching, therefore it is listed as Least Concern.

Previously published Red List assessments:

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; Botswana; Namibia; South Africa; Zambia; Zimbabwe
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):1600
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

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.
Generation Length (years):1

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in many protected areas.

Errata [top]

Errata reason: This errata assessment has been created because the map was accidentally left out of the version published previously.

Citation: Child, M.F. & Monadjem, A. 2016. Mus indutus (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T13964A115116926. . Downloaded on 18 June 2018.
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