Beamys hindei 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Nesomyidae

Scientific Name: Beamys hindei Thomas, 1909
Common Name(s):
English Long-tailed Pouched Rat, Hinde’s Pouched Rat, Lesser Hamster-rat, Lesser Pouched Rat
Beamys major Dollman, 1914
Taxonomic Notes: We follow Happold (in press) by including Beamys major within B. hindei.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-08-07
Assessor(s): Cassola, F.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Howell, K., Oguge, N. & Chitaukali, K.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, presumed large overall 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 species is known from the coastal forest of southeastern Kenya, throughout eastern and southern highlands of Tanzania and west to the Udzungwa mountains (FitzGibbon et al. 1995), south to southern Malawi (Ansell and Dowsett 1988), and west to northern and north-eastern Zambia (Ansell 1978). The species was thought to be absent in many coastal forests, but Sabuni et al. (2015) reported its occurrence in Kwamsisi, Askari and Gendagenda Forests, extending the distribution of the species in Tanzania. There is a possible occurrence in the Zambezia District, Mozambique (Smithers and Tello 1976). It has been recorded from sea level to 2,100 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Kenya; Malawi; Tanzania, United Republic of; Zambia
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):2100
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:The species is not particularly rare or common, and its abundance appears to vary between countries.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:The species has been recorded from primary or selectively logged forest, and riparian forest, and can tolerate quite a degree of forest disturbance. However, It has not been found outside of forest habitat.
Generation Length (years):1-2

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The species' forest habitat is being selectively logged heavily in Kenya and Tanzania, causing habitat loss and fragmentation. Mining is a future threat in Tanzania in Pugu Forest Reserve. In Malawi the species is threatened by agricultural development.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species is found in the Udzungwa National Park, and also occurs in some forest reserves. It occurs in a few protected areas in Malawi. Research is needed into: population numbers, range, biology, ecology, habitat status, threats, and potential conservation measures. This species needs to be monitored. Protected area management is also required.

Errata [top]

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

Citation: Cassola, F. 2016. Beamys hindei. (errata version published in 2017) The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T2676A115063057. . Downloaded on 20 September 2017.
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