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Fukomys zechi

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA BATHYERGIDAE

Scientific Name: Fukomys zechi
Species Authority: (Matschie, 1900)
Common Name(s):
English Ghana Mole Rat, Togo Mole Rat
Synonym(s):
Cryptomys zechi (Matschie, 1900)
Taxonomic Notes: A specimen from Sudan in the British Museum has been allocated to this species, but is probably Cryptomys ochraceocinereus. The species was elevated to species level by Honeycutt et al. (1991).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Maree, S., Faulkes, C. & Schlitter, D.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern in view of its abundance within its restricted distribution, and is considered an agricultural pest in some parts of Ghana. There are currently no known major threats to the species.
History:
2004 Least Concern
1994 Insufficiently Known (Groombridge 1994)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is widely distributed in east-central Ghana, probably between the arms of the Red and Black Volta and Oti Rivers. Reports of this species in central Togo (Rosevear, 1969; and see map in Honeycutt et al. 1991) refer to the collection from the type locality, which was originally in Togo, but is now within Ghana.
Countries:
Native:
Ghana
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Population [top]

Population: This species is common within its restricted distribution, and is apparently considered to be an agricultural pest.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This is a subterranean species associated with savanna woodland, but also well adapted to agricultural land. It can be found burrowed into farmland, particularly those in which Dioscorea alata or Manihot utilisima were cultivated. It is a social animal living in colonies of up to seven individuals, with a single breeding pair. The species can probably produce two litters of one or two young per year.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species has been recorded from Mole National Park, Ghana, and a few other protected areas.

Citation: Maree, S., Faulkes, C. & Schlitter, D. 2008. Fukomys zechi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 23 October 2014.
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