Praomys delectorum 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Muridae

Scientific Name: Praomys delectorum (Thomas, 1910)
Common Name(s):
English East African Praomys, Delectable Soft-furred Mouse
Praomys taitae (Heller, 1912)
Taxonomic Notes: Taxonomy needs revision.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-01-25
Assessor(s): Cassola, F.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Van der Straeten , E. & Agwanda, B.

This species is listed as Least Concern because of its fairly wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in a number of protected areas, tolerance to some degree of habitat modification, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category. This species does depend, however, on the existence of forests. In Kenya these are being impacted by human activities and should this happen in Tanzania and Malawi, the overall population of the species would be in decline. At present the population is considered stable and it is relatively abundant where it occurs.

Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species has been recorded from high plateaus and isolated mountains from northeastern Zambia (Nyika Plateau, Makutus, and Mafingas) and Malawi (Nyika Plateau), through Tanzania to southeastern Kenya. There is also a new record from northern Mozambique (Julian Kerbis Peterhans pers. comm.). It ranges between 1,000 and 2,200 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; Tanzania, United Republic of; Zambia
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):1000
Upper elevation limit (metres):2200
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Population [top]

Population:It is very common and stable. It is found in high densities on Taita, Kenya.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species occurs in humid montane forests, and appears to tolerate some disturbance (as densities are higher in secondary forest), but has not been collected outside of forest.
Generation Length (years):1-2

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Many of the forest patches (at least in Kenya) are threatened due to deforestation by logging activities, and clearance for agriculture (crops and livestock) and new settlements.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in a number of protected areas, but many of the forest reserves in Kenya are being deproclaimed.

Citation: Cassola, F. 2016. Praomys delectorum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T18114A22418403. . Downloaded on 15 October 2018.
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