Steatomys krebsii


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Steatomys krebsii
Species Authority: Peters, 1852
Common Name(s):
English Kreb's Fat Mouse
Steatomys leucorhynchus Hill & Carter, 1937
Taxonomic Notes: Steatomys krebsii represents a complex of several similar species. Further studies are needed to clarify the taxonomic status of populations currently allocated to this species.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Monadjem, A. & Schlitter, D.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because its population is not believed to be in decline at present.
2004 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species has a disjunct distribution across southern Africa. It is known from coastal south-western South Africa, north-eastern South Africa, southwestern Angola, and from eastern Angola, western Zambia and northern Botswana.
Angola (Angola); Botswana; Namibia; South Africa; Zambia
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Population [top]

Population: It is difficult to estimate the population abundance as the species appears to be "trap shy".
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species inhabits a wide variety of habitats. In the southern part of its range it occurs in Meditteranean type shrubby vegetation, in the middle it occurs in high altitude shrubland, then in the north it occurs in higher altitude grassland.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The northern part of the range of the species includes a few protected areas.

Citation: Monadjem, A. & Schlitter, D. 2008. Steatomys krebsii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 28 March 2015.
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