Parotomys brantsii


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Parotomys brantsii
Species Authority: (A. Smith, 1834)
Common Name(s):
English Brants's Whistling Rat, Brants' Whistling Rat
Taxonomic Notes: DNA sequencing data suggests that Paratomys should be synonymized with Otomys (S. Maree pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Coetzee, N.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern because of its wide distribution including several protected areas, no known threats, and because its population is not believed to be in decline at present.
2004 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in western South Africa, north to south-eastern Namibia and south-western Botswana. It occurs from sea level up to 1,000 m asl.
Botswana; Namibia; South Africa
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Population [top]

Population: It can be very common.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a diurnal species that is restricted to consolidated sands in semi-desert. They can also occur in pastureland.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species. It is sometimes considered to be a pest in agricultural areas.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The range of the species several includes protected areas.

Citation: Coetzee, N. 2008. Parotomys brantsii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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