Rhynchogale melleri


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Rhynchogale melleri
Species Authority: (Gray, 1865)
Common Name(s):
English Meller's Mongoose

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern 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 Least Concern as although uncommon, the species is relatively widespread, faces no obvious major range-wide threats, and is present in several protected areas.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Ranges from central Tanzania south through Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, to Swaziland and north-eastern South Africa (Mpumalanga and Limpopo Provinces) (Stuart and Stuart in press). A possible record from Chobe N.P. in Botswana (Purchase et al. 2007), if substantiated, would be the first record for this country. Recorded to 1,850 m asl in Tanzania (De Luca and Mpunga 2005)
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Malawi; Mozambique; South Africa; Swaziland; Tanzania, United Republic of; Zambia; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population: Apparently uncommon to rare, but it may be easily overlooked or confused with other mongoose species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: A savanna species, mainly associated with open woodland and grassland with termitaria (Stuart and Stuart in press).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to the species. Its favoured habitat is extensive, and in some parts with very low human populations. However, in some parts of the range (e.g., Tanzania) there has been considerable expansion of the human population and their dogs, which could represent a significant localized threat (Stuart and Stuart in press).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has been recorded from several protected areas across its range.

Citation: Stuart, C., Stuart, T. & Hoffmann, M. 2008. Rhynchogale melleri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <>. Downloaded on 29 August 2014.
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