Otomys barbouri


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Otomys barbouri
Species Authority: Lawrence & Loveridge, 1953
Common Name(s):
English Barbour’s Vlei Rat
Taxonomic Notes: This species was removed from the synonymy of Otomys anchitae by Dieterlen and van der Straeten (1992).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii)c(ii,iv) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Taylor, P.J. & Maree, S.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Endangered as it has an extent of occurrence less than 5,000 km², it is restricted to high elevations of only one mountain, and the burning of the species' habitat causes large fluctuations in the species' area of occupancy and the number of mature individuals.
2004 Endangered

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is geographically restricted to the Ugandan and Kenyan upper slopes of Mount Elgon, from 3,300 to 4,200 m asl.
Kenya; Uganda
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Population [top]

Population: It is reasonably common in good habitat.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a habitat specialist restricted to alpine heaths on upper slopes (>3,300 m asl) of Mount Elgon where it co-exists with O. typus jacksoni (Clausnitzer and Kityo 2001).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat degradation and poor management of the species' habitat has resulted in extensive fires (often linked to poaching activities) that have damaged the habitat. Tourism, in particular disturbance of the habitat by tourists is also a potential threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Mount Elgon is conserved within Mount Elgon National Park, but better management of the park to conserve this species is needed.

Citation: Taylor, P.J. & Maree, S. 2008. Otomys barbouri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 05 September 2015.
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