Herpestes ochraceus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Herpestes ochraceus
Species Authority: (J.E. Gray, 1848)
Common Name(s):
English Somali Slender Mongoose, Somalian Slender Mongoose
French Mangouste d'Egypte
<i>Galerella</i> <i>ochracea</i> (Gray, 1849)
Taxonomic Notes: This species has been treated as conspecific with H. sanguineus, but is here treated as distinct following Azzaroli and Simonetta (1966), Taylor and Goldman (1993), Wozencraft (2005), and Taylor (in press).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Hoffmann, M.
Reviewer(s): Duckworth, J.W. (Small Carnivore Red List Authority) and Hoffmann, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern as although the species is very poorly known it has a relatively wide distribution range in the Horn region of Africa, where there are not believed to be any major threats to this species or to its habitat, and indeed is likely to be locally common.
2003 Not Evaluated

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Confined to north-eastern Africa, in Somalia, adjacent parts of Ethiopia and marginally in north-eastern Kenya (Taylor in press). Occurs to around 600 m asl in Ethiopia (Yalden et al. 1996).
Ethiopia; Kenya; Somalia
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Population [top]

Population: There is little information available on this species as few specimens are available in museums, and there have been scant observations in the wild. There are 14 specimens of the Somali Slender Mongoose in the British Museum and five in the Natural History Museum of the University of Florence (Taylor in press). It is assumed that it is relatively common in arid regions.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Primarily an arid-adapted species, occurring in hilly areas in northern Somalia (Drake-Brockman 1910). There is a paucity of information on the behaviour and ecology of this species, though it is probably similar in many respects to the Slender Mongoose H. sanguineus (Taylor in press).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Although the species and its habitat requirements are poorly known, its range in the semi-arid regions of the Horn suggest that there are not likely to be any major threats to this mongoose.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known whether this species occurs in any protected areas. This is a very poorly known species, and is in need of further study.

Citation: Hoffmann, M. 2008. Herpestes ochraceus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 03 September 2015.
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