Fukomys kafuensis 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Bathyergidae

Scientific Name: Fukomys kafuensis
Species Authority: (Burda, Zima, Scharff, Macholán & Kawalika, 1999)
Cryptomys kafuensis Burda, Zima, Scharff, Macholán & Kawalika, 1999
Taxonomic Source(s): Burda, H., Zima, J., Scharff, A., Macholan, M. and Kawalika, M. 1999. The karyotypes of Cryptomys anselli sp. nova and Cryptomys kafuensis sp. nova: new species of the common mole-rat from Zambia (Rodentia, Bathyergidae). Zeitschrift für Säugetierkunde 64(1): 36-50.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(v) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Cotterill, F.P.D. & Maree, S.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Vulnerable because its extent of occurrence is less than 20,000 km², it is known from fewer than ten locations, and there is continuing decline in the number of mature individuals.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Vulnerable (VU)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species has been reported only from Itezhi-Tezhi in the Kafue National Park in the southern Province of Zambia.
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: This species is abundant where it occurs. It is especially common on the Kafue Flats. Although relatively abundant within its range, there is reason to be believe the population is declining because of overharvesting.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This subterranean species has been recorded from grasslands, cultivated fields and agricultural land close to villages. Very little is known about this species biology; it is a social animal and is belived to have similar habits to Cryptomys anselli.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is under heavy pressure from human consumption and populations are believed to be declining. It is also apparently considered an agricultural pest.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species has been recorded in Kafue National Park, Zambia.

Citation: Cotterill, F.P.D. & Maree, S. 2008. Fukomys kafuensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T44861A10956628. . Downloaded on 30 November 2015.
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