Graphiurus ocularis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Gliridae

Scientific Name: Graphiurus ocularis (Smith, 1829)
Common Name(s):
English Spectacled Dormouse, Namtap
Taxonomic Notes: Will be transferred to family Gliridae.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-08-08
Assessor(s): Cassola, F.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Coetzee, N., Griffin, M. & Grubb, P.
Listed as Least Concern as the species is relatively widespread, and, while not common, is well known, well studied and well represented in protected areas. There are no obvious major threats, and there is no reason to infer a decline, but continued population monitoring is necessary.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to South Africa, where it occurs widely in Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, and Western Cape provinces, with a single record from the North West province. The occurrence of G. ocularis in KwaZulu-Natal, due to a single skin collected in 1915 some 400 km from its known range, is doubtful (Taylor et al. 1994).
Countries occurrence:
South Africa (Eastern Cape Province, Free State, Northern Cape Province, North-West Province, Western Cape)
Additional data:
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:The current population size is not known, but they are not common.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:The species is associated with the sandstone formations of the Cape, which have many vertical and horizontal cracks and crevices in which to shelter and nest (Channing 1984).
Generation Length (years):2

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This pecies is present in several protected areas.

Errata [top]

Errata reason: This errata assessment has been created because the map was accidentally left out of the version published previously.

Citation: Cassola, F. 2016. Graphiurus ocularis (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T9488A115518531. . Downloaded on 20 April 2018.
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