Thamnomys venustus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Thamnomys venustus
Species Authority: Thomas, 1907
Common Name(s):
English Charming Thicket Rat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Dieterlen, F. & Schlitter, D.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Vulnerable because its extent of occurrence is less than 20,000 km², it is known from fewer than ten locations, it is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its montane forest habitat.
2004 Near Threatened

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to the montane regions of the Albertine Rift Valley. Recorded from a comparatively small area between 02 N and 03 S from East Ruwenzori, Uganda; Kahuzi-Biega National Park and Idjiwi Island in Lake Kivu, both in The Democratic Republic of the Congo. It might be present in Rwanda, although this requires verification. The altitudinal range is around 1,800 to 3,000 m asl.
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Uganda
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Population [top]

Population: Population size is uncertain. It is rarely collected and very little is known about this species.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is associated with thickets in montane primary and secondary forests. It is not known if the species can persist outside of forested areas.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Forest habitats within the range of this species are threatened by logging operations and the conversion of land to agricultural and other uses.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species occurs in some protected areas (eg. Kahuzi-Biega National Park). Research is needed into the distribution, natural history, abundance and threats to this species. There is a need to protect remaining areas of suitable forest within the range of this species.

Citation: Dieterlen, F. & Schlitter, D. 2008. Thamnomys venustus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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