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Praomys hartwigi

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA MURIDAE

Scientific Name: Praomys hartwigi
Species Authority: Eisentraut, 1968
Common Name(s):
English Hartwig's Praomys, Hartwig's Soft-furred Mouse
Taxonomic Notes: A taxonomic revision resulted in this species being split into Praomys hartwigi (endemic to Cameroon) and P. obscurus (endemic to Nigeria) (E. van der Straeten pers. comm., June 2002).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): van der Straeten, E. & Dieterlen, F.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
Listed as Endangered because it is an endemic species known only from the Mount Oku area in Cameroon. The species high elevation range is probably restricted to an extent of occurrence of less than 5,000 km². The species is confined to the remaining few patches of forest. Threatened by loss of habitat as the forest is replaced by cultivated land or cleared by logging, and collection of firewood and building materials.
History:
2004 Endangered
2002 Endangered
1996 Endangered
1994 Rare (Groombridge 1994)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from seven collections made in the Mount Oku area (Mount Oku itself, Manenguba, Mount Lefo, Bambulini, Lake Oku) of Cameroon. It ranges between 2,700 and 2,900 m asl.
Countries:
Native:
Cameroon
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Population [top]

Population: Few specimens of this species have been collected. It is certainly not an abundant species.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species occurs in montane forest. It is not known if the species can persist in modified or secondary habitats, it is possible that it is limited to primary forest habitat.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is threatened by deforestation due to expanding agriculture, logging and collection of firewood and timber for building materials.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is not present in any protected areas. There is a need to establish protected areas and conserve suitable areas of forest within the range of this species.

Citation: van der Straeten, E. & Dieterlen, F. 2008. Praomys hartwigi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 30 September 2014.
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