Otomys occidentalis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Muridae

Scientific Name: Otomys occidentalis Dieterlen & Van der Straeten, 1992
Common Name(s):
English Western Vlei Rat
Taxonomic Notes: It is possible that the specimens from Nigeria are a different species (R. Hutterer pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Taylor, P.J. & Hutterer, R.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Vulnerable because its extent of occurrence is less than 6,000 km², its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the quality of the species' habitat.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known from the Gotel Mountains (1,900 to 2,300 m asl) in Nigeria, and from Mount Oku (2,100 to 3,000 m asl) and another nearby volcano in western Cameroon.
Countries occurrence:
Cameroon; Nigeria
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Population [top]

Population:It is a rare species.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is known from grassland with ferns in montane forest clearings. It is not known if the species can persist in farmland.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Clearance of the forest for agricultural use is a threat to the species' habitat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Mount Oku is not within a protected area. The species' range in Nigeria is most likely not in a protected area.

Citation: Taylor, P.J. & Hutterer, R. 2008. Otomys occidentalis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T15657A4965956. . Downloaded on 15 October 2018.
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