Otomys typus 

Scope: Global
Language: English

Translate page into:

Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Muridae

Scientific Name: Otomys typus (Heuglin, 1877)
Common Name(s):
English Typical Vlei Rat
Taxonomic Notes: This is a species complex potentially comprising at least six species (L. Lavrenchenko pers. comm.).

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., Lavrenchenko, L., Kerbis Peterhans, J. & Chitaukali, W.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern because it has a relatively wide distribution, it is quite common, and its population is not believed to be declining fast enough to qualify for a more threatened category. Additional taxonomic studies might reveal this taxon to be comprised of several species for which a review of the Red List Assessment will be necessary.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This montane species has been recorded from the Ethiopian highlands (1,900 to 4,100 m asl); Mubuku Valley, in the Ruwenzori Mountains of Uganda (at around 3,300 to 3,900 m asl); the Ugandan and Kenyan slopes of Mount Elgon (between 3,300 and 4,200 m asl) and the Udzungwa Mountains in east-central Tanzania and the Nyika Plateau in northern Malawi and possibly north-eastern Zambia (between 1,800 and 2,200 m asl).
Countries occurrence:
Ethiopia; Kenya; Malawi; Tanzania, United Republic of; Uganda
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):1800
Upper elevation limit (metres):4100
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:A reasonably common species in good habitat.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It inhabits mesic grassland, montane grasslands and alpine heaths. The species does not appear to persist in modified habitats, although more research is needed to confirm this.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened in parts of its range by overgrazing of its habitat by domestic livestock, habitat loss resulting from set fires, the development of tourism infrastructure, and the conversion of grassland to agricultural use.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is present in a number of protected areas, including the the Bale Mountains National Park and the Simien Mountains National Park (Ethiopia), Ruwenzori National Park (Uganda), Mount Elgon National Park (Kenya), and several protected areas in Tanzania. Additional studies are needed into the taxonomic relationship between populations currently allocated to Otomys typus.

Citation: Taylor, P.J., Maree, S., Lavrenchenko, L., Kerbis Peterhans, J. & Chitaukali, W. 2008. Otomys typus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T15661A4972396. . Downloaded on 25 April 2018.
Disclaimer: To make use of this information, please check the <Terms of Use>.
Feedback: If you see any errors or have any questions or suggestions on what is shown on this page, please provide us with feedback so that we can correct or extend the information provided