|Scientific Name:||Acomys subspinosus|
|Species Authority:||(Waterhouse, 1838)|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Assessor/s:||Schlitter, D. & Taylor, P.J.|
|Reviewer/s:||Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)|
Listed as Least Concern because, it is widespread in the Western Cape of South Africa. It has an extent of occurrence >20,000 km², an area of occupancy >2,000 km², and the habitat is not severely fragmented. There are no major threats, although there may be some localised impacts due to alien invasives, and loss of habitat (in the lowlands) due to agriculture or expanding urbanization.
|Range Description:||This species is largely endemic to the Western Cape Province of South Africa; its range just extends into the Eastern and Northern Cape Provinces. The extent of occurrence is greater than 20,000 km². This species occurs up to about 1,000 m asl.|
Native:South Africa (Eastern Cape Province, Northern Cape Province, Western Cape)
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|Population:||The current population numbers greater than 10,000 mature individuals.|
|Habitat and Ecology:||This species is associated with rocky areas on mountain slopes in Fynbos vegetation. It is not known if the species can persist in disturbed or modified habitats.|
|Major Threat(s):||the Fynbos habitat is impacted in parts by alien invasives, but this is thought to be unlikely to impact this species. Animals in lower lying areas have been impacted by habitat loss due to crops and expanding urbanization. Overall the species is secure.|
|Conservation Actions:||Research recommended into this species includes surveys, genetic research, and further research into the species' life history. It has been recorded from a number of protected areas.|
Bates, P. J. J. 1994. The distribution of Acomys (Rodentia: Muridae) in Africa and Asia. Israel Journal of Zoology 40: 199-214.
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.
|Citation:||Schlitter, D. & Taylor, P.J. 2008. Acomys subspinosus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 10 March 2014.|
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