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Praomys obscurus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA MURIDAE

Scientific Name: Praomys obscurus
Species Authority: Hutterer & Dieterlen, 1992
Taxonomic Notes: Taxonomic revision of Praomys hartwigi split the taxon into P. hartwigi (endemic to Cameroon) and P. obscurus (endemic to Nigeria) (E. van der Straeten pers. comm., June 2002).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor/s: van der Straeten, E.
Reviewer/s: Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
Listed as Endangered because it is endemic to the Gotel Mountains in Nigeria. This is a very restricted area (less than 2,000 km²) covered by montane grassland, narrow strips of mountain scrub alongside streams and a few patches of forest. Within this small area P. obscurus is present only in the forest. The species, although not abundant, is also not that rare in the Gotel Mountains. However, it is threatened by loss of habitat due to deforestation for agriculture (crops and livestock), logging and removal of firewood and timber for building materials.
History:
2004 Endangered
2002 Endangered

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the Gotel Mountains in southeastern Nigeria. It ranges from 1,600 to 2,400 m asl.
Countries:
Native:
Nigeria
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Population [top]

Population: It is known from two localities, there are not many specimens in collections, and it is not thought to be abundant.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It occurs in montane forest. This species does not occur in modified habitats.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened by deforestation, presumably largely through logging operations and the conversion of land to agricultural and other uses.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has not been recorded from any protected areas. There is a need to develop protected areas to maintain the forest habitat of this species.
Citation: van der Straeten, E. 2008. Praomys obscurus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 16 April 2014.
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