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Mus orangiae

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA MURIDAE

Scientific Name: Mus orangiae
Species Authority: (Roberts, 1926)
Common Name/s:
English Free State Pygmy Mouse, Orange Mouse
Taxonomic Notes: Much of the data for this species is derived from specimens previously treated as M. minutoides.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor/s: Monadjem, A. & Coetzee, N.
Reviewer/s: Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern because, it has an extent of occurrence >20,000 km², and area of occupancy >2,000 km², and the habitat is contiguous. The species does not appear to be under threat.
History:
2004 Least Concern
2003 Least Concern (IUCN 2003)
2003 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species has been recorded from South Africa (Free State and northern Eastern Cape Provinces) and Lesotho. It has been reported across a wide area. This is a high altitude species.
Countries:
Native:
Lesotho; South Africa (Free State)
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Population [top]

Population: The current population size is not known, although specimens formerly allocated to M. minutoides are reportedly not abundant in the Free State.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It occurs in high altitude short, open grassland. It is a nocturnal, terrestrial species that nests amongst rock piles or in old termite mounds. The species can tolerate some habitat disturbance, as it is recorded occurring in heavily grazed areas.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in Willem Pretorius Reserve and Golden Gate National Park, South Africa. Further genetic and taxonomic research is recommended for this species.
Citation: Monadjem, A. & Coetzee, N. 2008. Mus orangiae. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 23 April 2014.
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