Saccostomus mearnsi 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Nesomyidae

Scientific Name: Saccostomus mearnsi
Species Authority: Heller, 1910
Common Name(s):
English East African Pouched Mouse, Mearns's Pouched Mouse
Taxonomic Notes: This is a species complex (M. Corti pers. comm., 2004).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Corti, M., Oguge, N. & Coetzee, N.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern because this is a widespread species occurring in several protected areas, it is adaptable and its population is not believed to be in decline.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Least Concern (LC)
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from southern coastal Somalia through southern Ethiopia, eastern Uganda, Kenya, to northeastern Tanzania. It has been recorded from 100 m up to about 1,500 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Ethiopia; Kenya; Somalia; Tanzania, United Republic of; Uganda
Lower elevation limit (metres): 100
Upper elevation limit (metres): 1500
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Population [top]

Population: This can be a locally abundant species. Populations fluctuate seasonally.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It occurs in dry savanna woodland, grassland and from very arid areas in Somalia. This species is usually found in dry conditions which would explain its absence from the moist areas of Kenya. It is also found in crop land.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

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

Citation: Corti, M., Oguge, N. & Coetzee, N. 2008. Saccostomus mearnsi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T19809A9017947. . Downloaded on 31 May 2016.
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