Mastomys awashensis 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Muridae

Scientific Name: Mastomys awashensis
Species Authority: Lavrenchenko, Likhnova & Baskevich, 1998
Common Name(s):
English Awash Mastomys, Awash Multimammate Mouse

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Lavrenchenko, L. & Corti, M.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Vulnerable because, this species has a restricted range with an extent of occurrence of just less than 15,500 km². There is continuing decline in extent and quality of habitat, and the number of locations is less than 10. Although there is fragmentation of the habitat, the species can move through cultivated lands. If the extent of occurrence is shown to be larger, the species may be considered to be Near Threatened.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Vulnerable (VU)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species appears to be endemic to the Ethiopian Rift Valley where it is confined to a small part of the Upper Awash Valley (Lavrenchenko et al., 1998). All known examples were captured on the eastern bank of Koka Lake and Awash National Park. More recently recorded on Lake Zeway shores (unpublished data). It has been collected at 1,500 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Lower elevation limit (metres): 1500
Upper elevation limit (metres): 1500
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Population [top]

Population: It appears to be uncommon, but trap rate data is too minimal to infer this. It is possibly declining due to habitat loss.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species inhabits the Awash riverbank which is vegetated by Acacia-Commiphora thornbush with high grass, and adjacent agricultural habitats. It is not a truly commensal species as it is not associated with human habitation.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Agricultural development might threaten this species in the near future.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in the Awash National Park. There is a need to conserve suitable areas of habitat for this species.

Citation: Lavrenchenko, L. & Corti, M. 2008. Mastomys awashensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T45060A10978102. . Downloaded on 29 November 2015.
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