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Heimyscus fumosus

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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)
Justification:
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.
History:
2004 Least Concern
1994 Insufficiently Known (Groombridge 1994)

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:
Native:
Cameroon; Central African Republic; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon
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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.
Population Trend: Stable

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. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 23 April 2014.
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