Saccostomus mearnsi


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

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.
2004 Least Concern

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.
Ethiopia; Kenya; Somalia; Tanzania, United Republic of; Uganda
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Population [top]

Population: This can be a locally abundant species. Populations fluctuate seasonally.
Population Trend: Stable

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. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 05 September 2015.
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