Otomys angoniensis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Muridae

Scientific Name: Otomys angoniensis Wroughton, 1906
Common Name(s):
English Angoni Vlei Rat
Otomys maximus Roberts, 1924
Taxonomic Notes: O. maximus is possibly a synonym of this species according to mitochondrial DNA research (S. Maree pers. comm.). O. burtoni is shown to have slit-like petrotympanic foramen and could belong to this species (P. Taylor, pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-09-07
Assessor(s): Taylor, P.J. & Maree, S.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This Subsaharan species is widely distributed in parts of Central Africa, East Africa and southern Africa. It ranges from the area of the Albertine Rift and southern Kenya in the north of its range, as far south as eastern South Africa and Swaziland.
Countries occurrence:
Angola; Botswana; Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; Namibia; Rwanda; South Africa; Swaziland; Tanzania, United Republic of; Zambia; Zimbabwe
Additional data:
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:It is common to abundant in suitable habitats.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It occurs in well-watered savanna grassland, seasonally flooded grassland, wetlands in southern Africa below 1,000 m asl, but in higher elevation grasslands and heath in East Africa. The species can be found in pastureland but usually not when livestock is present. They are usually found near streams. It survives in modified habitats.
Generation Length (years):1-2

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): In general there are no major threats to this species. In parts of its range it is locally threatened by habitat degradation due to overgrazing of its habitat by domestic livestock.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The range of the species includes several 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: Taylor, P.J. & Maree, S. 2016. Otomys angoniensis (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T15652A115129001. . Downloaded on 22 May 2018.
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