Otomys angoniensis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Otomys angoniensis
Species Authority: Wroughton, 1906
Common Name(s):
English Angoni Vlei Rat
Otomys maximus Roberts, 1924

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Taylor, P.J. & Maree, S.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
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.
2004 Least Concern

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.
Angola (Angola); Botswana; Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; Namibia; Rwanda; South Africa; Swaziland; Tanzania, United Republic of; Zambia; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population: It is common to abundant in suitable habitats.
Population Trend: Stable

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.
Systems: Terrestrial

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.

Citation: Taylor, P.J. & Maree, S. 2008. Otomys angoniensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 28 March 2015.
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