Heimyscus fumosus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Muridae

Scientific Name: Heimyscus fumosus
Species Authority: (Brosset, DuBost & Heim de Balsac, 1965)
Common Name(s):
English African Smoky Mouse, Smokey Heimyscus

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Granjon, L.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern because, although the habitat is declining in the region due to the impacts of agriculture and deforestation, this species is still widely distributed in Central Africa. Its lack of occurrence when trapping is probably a reflection on the sampling techniques used.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Least Concern (LC)
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)
1994 Insufficiently Known (K)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This Central African species is known from southern Cameroon, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea (Rio Muni), and southern Central African Republic. It is found at elevations of between 100 and 620 m asl (in Gabon).
Countries occurrence:
Cameroon; Central African Republic; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon
Lower elevation limit (metres): 100
Upper elevation limit (metres): 620
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Population [top]

Population: It is relatively uncommon and is usually trapped in fairly small numbers. This species does not enter traps easily which could possibly explain why they are perceived to be uncommon. They have been shown to be more abundant when trapped using pitfall traps.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is found in primary lowland forest. This is a habitat specialist and is not found in disturbed forests.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened by habitat loss through deforestation for both timber and wood, and for the conversion of land to subsistence agriculture close to villages.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in protected areas in both Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

Citation: Granjon, L. 2008. Heimyscus fumosus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T9759A13013791. . Downloaded on 26 November 2015.
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