Oenomys ornatus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Oenomys ornatus
Species Authority: Thomas, 1911
Common Name(s):
English Ghana Rufous-nosed Rat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Dieterlen. F.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern because, although it is seldom recorded, it has a relatively wide distribution, possible tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
2004 Data Deficient

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the western parts of the rainforest zone in West Africa. It has been recorded from the Loma Mountains in Sierra Leone eastwards to southeastern Guinea (including Mount Nimba), Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire and central Ghana.
Côte d'Ivoire; Ghana; Guinea; Liberia; Sierra Leone
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Population [top]

Population: It is considered to be a rare species. It is known only from a few localities in each of the countries where it has been recorded.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is a good climber and is found in open areas with dense overgrowth and grass in the rainforest. It has also been recorded from cultivated areas bordering rainforest (Guinea).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The threats to this species are not known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no conservation measures in place; it is not known if the species is present in any protected areas. Further studies are needed into the taxonomy, distribution, abundance, reproduction and ecology of this species. Populations of this species should be monitored to record changes in abundance and distribution.

Citation: Dieterlen. F. 2008. Oenomys ornatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 31 March 2015.
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