Dologale dybowskii


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Dologale dybowskii
Species Authority: (Pousargues, 1893)
Common Name(s):
English Pousargues's Mongoose, Savanna Mongoose
French Mangouste de Dybowsky

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Stuart, C., Stuart, T. & Hoffmann, M.
Reviewer(s): Duckworth, J.W. (Small Carnivore Red List Authority) and Hoffmann, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Data Deficient as this species is known only from museum specimens and a handful of sightings, its distribution range is unclear, and there is no information on current population status or major threats. Given that its habitat is sufficient stable in its known range, it is possible that with further study this species will be shown to be appropriately listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The exact range of this mongoose is uncertain, but it occurs in north-eastern DR Congo, Central African Republic, extreme southern Sudan and Uganda (Stuart and Stuart in press). It may occur further west than current records indicate. Old specimens in the Paris Natural History Museum were collected at Sanghe, but it is not clear whether this is the district in the Congo Republic, or that in the Central African Republic (Schreiber et al. 1989).
Central African Republic; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; South Sudan; Uganda
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Population [top]

Population: This species is known from just 31 museum specimens and a handful of possible sightings; there have been no known positive records for more than two decades (Stuart and Stuart in press).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Apparently confined to a narrow belt of savanna-forest mosaic north of the Equator. It is known to occupy the thicketed shores of Lake Albert, as well as montane forest grasslands (Stuart and Stuart in press). Kingdon (1977) suggested that this is a mongoose living in the ecotone between high forest and lower rainfall wooded savanna. Insectivorous.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threats to the species are unknown.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The only protected area from which this species has been recorded is the Garamba N.P. in north-eastern DR Congo. Lack of knowledge of this species’ biology and habitat requirements make this a priority species for study (Stuart and Stuart in press).

Citation: Stuart, C., Stuart, T. & Hoffmann, M. 2008. Dologale dybowskii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 04 September 2015.
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