Atelerix frontalis 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Erinaceidae

Scientific Name: Atelerix frontalis
Species Authority: A. Smith, 1831
Common Name(s):
English Southern African Hedgehog, South African Hedgehog

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Hutterer, R.
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, it probably occurs in a number of protected areas, has a tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)
1994 Rare (R)
1990 Rare (R)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This southern African species ranges from southwestern Angola in the west, through northwestern and central Namibia, eastern Botswana, much of South Africa (throughout Gauteng and North West Province, western Limpopo Province and Mpumalanga, and throughout Free State; in the Northern Cape they occur in the northeast and southwards towards the Grahamstown district in Eastern Cape), western Zimbabwe, and perhaps occurring marginally in Lesotho (Skinner and Chimimba 2005).
Countries occurrence:
Angola (Angola); Botswana; Namibia; South Africa; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population: This is generally a common species.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is found in a wide variety of semi-arid and subtemperate habitats. Animals have generally been recorded from scrub brush, western Karoo, grassland and suburban gardens (Skinner and Chimimba 2005).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats as a whole to this widespread and adaptable species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has been recorded from a number of protected areas.

Citation: Hutterer, R. 2008. Atelerix frontalis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T2274A9384164. . Downloaded on 28 November 2015.
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