Lemniscomys zebra 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Muridae

Scientific Name: Lemniscomys zebra (Heuglin, 1864)
Common Name(s):
English Heuglin's Lemniscomys, Heuglin’s Lemniscomys, Heuglin's Striped Grass Mouse
Taxonomic Notes: Lemniscomys zebra represents a complex of several similar species. Further studies are needed to clarify the taxonomic status of populations currently allocated to this species.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-08-08
Assessor(s): Cassola, F.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Van der Straeten , E.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, and it is locally common with no major threats. The northern subpopulations are much scarcer, but these are likely to be a different subspecies or even a distinct species. Once the taxonomy is resolved the northern species or subspecies may qualify for threatened status.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This taxon occurs from Senegal in the west to southern Sudan in the east, southwards through northeastern-most Democratic Republic of the Congo, northern Uganda and western Kenya, to north central Tanzania. It is found from sea level to 1,220 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Benin; Burkina Faso; Chad; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Kenya; Mali; Niger; Nigeria; Senegal; Sudan; Tanzania, United Republic of; Togo; Uganda
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):1220
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:It is locally common, but the northern records (from the Sahel), which are likely to be separate species, are much scarcer and poorly known.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is found in grassy woodlands and savannas (Guinean and Sudanian) south of the Sahara Desert, but there are also some records from within the Sahel (Carleton and Van der Straeten 1997). It has also been recorded from degraded areas, burnt grasslands and cultivated areas (cassava and oil palms).
Generation Length (years):1

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is thought that this taxon might be a complex of different species, however, more research is required to confirm this. In view of the species wide range, it is presumably present in several protected areas.

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. Lemniscomys zebra (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T41212A115177399. . Downloaded on 25 June 2018.
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