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Otomys sloggetti

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA MURIDAE

Scientific Name: Otomys sloggetti
Species Authority: Thomas, 1902
Common Name(s):
English Sloggett's Vlei Rat
Synonym(s):
Myotomys sloggetti (Thomas, 1902)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Taylor, P.J. & Monadjem, A.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern because it has a relatively wide distribution including several protected areas, a presumed large population, and its population is not believed to be in decline at present.
History:
2004 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from central and eastern South Africa and from across Lesotho. It occurs above 2,000 m asl, but is usually found higher than 2,600 m asl. There are historical records from inselbergs in the Karoo at 1,500 m asl.
Countries:
Native:
Lesotho; South Africa
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Population [top]

Population: There have been estimates of the population at over 100 individuals/ha in suitable rocky habitats (Willan 1990).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a diurnal inhabitant of montane and alpine grassland on both dry or wet bog soils with or without rocky outcrops. The species does not occur in modified 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.

Bibliography [top]

Happold, M. and Happold, D. C. D. In press. The Mammals of Africa. In: D. C. D. Happold and M. Happold (eds), The Mammals of Africa, Academic Press, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

IUCN. 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Available at: http://www.iucnredlist.org. (Accessed: 5 October 2008).

Musser, G. G. and Carleton, M. D. 2005. Superfamily Muroidea. In: D. E. Wilson and D. A. Reeder (eds), Mammal Species of the World: a geographic and taxonomic reference, pp. 894-1531. The John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA.

Rathbun, G.B. (subeditor). 2005. Macroscelidea. In: Skinner, J. D. and Chimimba, C. T. (eds), The mammals of southern Africa subregion, 3rd edition, pp. 813 pp.. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

Willan, K. 1990. Reproductive biology of the southern African ice rat. Acta Theriologica 35: 39–51.


Citation: Taylor, P.J. & Monadjem, A. 2008. Otomys sloggetti. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 22 October 2014.
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