Lophuromys dieterleni


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Lophuromys dieterleni
Species Authority: Verheyen, Huselmans, Colyn & Hutterer, 1997
Common Name(s):
English Dieterlen's Brush-furred Mouse, Mount Oku Brush-furred Rat, Mt Oku Brush-furred Mouse

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Dieterlen. F.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Endangered because its extent of occurrence is less than 400 km², its area of occupancy is 100 km², all individuals are in a single location (Mount Oku), and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.
2004 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from the edge of a crater lake on Mount Oku, Bamenda-Banso highlands, Cameroon. Recorded by five specimens collected in 1967 from the type locality, an isolated patch of forest on Mount Oku (Verheyen et al. 1997). It was collected at 2,100 m asl.
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Population [top]

Population: The population size of this species is not known, but it is probably very rare.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species inhabits montane rainforest. Only about 100 km² of suitable forest habitat remains on Mount Oku (Oates et al. 2004). It is not known if the species can persist in disturbed or modified habitats.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The restricted range of this species is threatened by continuing habitat loss, through clearance of land for agricultural use (including grazing) and presumably through some logging activities.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The area of Mount Oku does not appear to be protected and there is an urgent need to conserve remaining suitable forest in this area. Further studies are needed into the distribution, abundance, reproduction and ecology of this species. Populations of this species should be monitored to record changes in abundance and distribution.

Citation: Dieterlen. F. 2008. Lophuromys dieterleni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 30 August 2015.
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