Otomys unisulcatus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Muridae

Scientific Name: Otomys unisulcatus
Species Authority: F. Cuvier, 1829
Common Name(s):
English Bush Vlei Rat, Karoo Bush Rat
Myotomys unisulcatus (F. Cuvier, 1829)

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. & Monadjem, A.
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 abundant in suitable habitat, and its population is not believed to be in decline at present.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Least Concern (LC)
2003 Least Concern (LC)
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in the arid parts of the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Western Cape provinces in South Africa and ranges north to southern Namibia.
Countries occurrence:
Namibia; South Africa (Eastern Cape Province, Northern Cape Province, Western Cape)
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Population [top]

Population: It is abundant in suitable habitat. The current population size is unknown, however, it is not considered to be facing any serious threats.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is found in succulent Karoo habitat, and Namakaroo and fynbos scrub. It is not known is the species can persist in disturbed or modified habitats.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no known threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is recommended that there are further surveys, genetic research and research into the rat's life history. Its range includes a few protected areas.

Citation: Taylor, P.J. & Monadjem, A. 2008. Otomys unisulcatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T15662A4973912. . Downloaded on 27 November 2015.
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