Thallomys nigricauda 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Muridae

Scientific Name: Thallomys nigricauda (Thomas, 1882)
Common Name(s):
English Black-tailed Tree Rat
Taxonomic Notes: It has been suggested to treat it as a complex species under Thallomys paedulcus sensu lato.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-09-07
Assessor(s): Child, M.F. & Taylor, P.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Coetzee, N.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This largely southern African species has been recorded from western Angola in the north of its range, southwards through much of Namibia and Botswana to northwestern parts of South Africa.
Countries occurrence:
Angola; Botswana; Namibia; South Africa
Additional data:
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:It is a common, but patchily distributed species.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This arboreal species is generally associated with Acacia bushland habitats. Small families of these animals form nests within tree hollows and forks.
Generation Length (years):1

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species as a whole. The illegal harvesting of Acacia trees, especially Acacia erioloba and Acacia mellifera, across the range of this species is a major threat in some areas, as it reduces habitat quality through the destruction of nesting sites and food resources.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is presumably present within some protected areas. Additional studies are needed into the taxonomic status of this species is needed. Populations should be monitored to record any changes in abundance and distribution.

Errata [top]

Errata reason: This errata assessment has been created because the map was accidentally left out of the version published previously.

Citation: Child, M.F. & Taylor, P. 2016. Thallomys nigricauda (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T21691A115163015. . Downloaded on 22 June 2018.
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