Dendromus melanotis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Dendromus melanotis
Species Authority: (Smith, 1834)
Common Name(s):
English Gray African Climbing Mouse, Gray Glimbing Mouse
Dendromus leucostomus Monard, 1933
Taxonomic Notes: We follow Happold (in press) by including Dendromus leucostomus within D. melanotis.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Coetzee, N. & Monadjem, A.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern as it is very widespread, it occurs in many protected areas, it has a presumed large population, and there are no known declines in the population.
2004 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This wide ranging Subsaharan species occurs along the coast of southern South Africa, north through Swaziland, and up the coast of Mozambique through Zimbabwe, Malawi, Botswana, Namibia, central Angola, Zambia and the very southern corner of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It also has disjunct populations in Tanzania, the highlands of Ethiopia, Nigeria, the border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Uganda, Benin, and Liberia and Guinea. It occurs from sea level up to 2,000 m asl in southern Africa. In Ethiopia it is a high elevation species.
Angola (Angola); Benin; Botswana; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Ethiopia; Guinea; Liberia; Malawi; Mozambique; Namibia; Nigeria; Rwanda; South Africa; Swaziland; Tanzania, United Republic of; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population: Although the species is difficult to trap, it is not thought to be a common species.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The species inhabits grasslands and savanna. It has not been recorded from human habitats.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The range of the species includes several protected areas. This is a species complex that requires taxonomic resolution.

Citation: Coetzee, N. & Monadjem, A. 2008. Dendromus melanotis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 28 March 2015.
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