Acomys cahirinus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Acomys cahirinus
Species Authority: (É. Geoffroy, 1803)
Common Name(s):
English Cairo Spiny Mouse, Greater Wilfred's Mouse, Northeast African Spiny Mouse
Acomys chudeaui Kollman, 1911
Taxonomic Notes: Includes chudeaui (Happold in press).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Dieterlen, F., Schlitter, D. & Amori, G.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Temple, H. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
2004 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Africa. Known from Western Sahara, Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Egypt (including Sinai), Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti and Ethiopia. Limits in C and S Sudan, and in Ethiopia are uncertain.
Djibouti; Egypt (Sinai); Eritrea; Ethiopia; Libya; Mauritania; Morocco; Sudan; Western Sahara
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Population [top]

Population: It is common and widespread, and is commensal with people especially in gardens and date groves.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is found mainly in rocky areas (Jebels), cliffs, and rocky canyons; not in sandy desert areas (although may sometimes be found in sandy habitats with date palms). Also found in gravel plains with low shrubs in the Sahel. Some populations are commensal, occupying crevices in buildings.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No specific measures are in place or needed. It is not known if the species occurs in protected areas.

Citation: Dieterlen, F., Schlitter, D. & Amori, G. 2008. Acomys cahirinus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 29 March 2015.
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