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Parotomys brantsii

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA MURIDAE

Scientific Name: Parotomys brantsii
Species Authority: (A. Smith, 1834)
Common Name(s):
English Brants's Whistling Rat, Brants' Whistling Rat
Taxonomic Notes: DNA sequencing data suggests that Paratomys should be synonymized with Otomys (S. Maree pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Coetzee, N.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern because of its wide distribution including several protected areas, no known threats, and because its population is not believed to be in decline at present.
History:
2004 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in western South Africa, north to south-eastern Namibia and south-western Botswana. It occurs from sea level up to 1,000 m asl.
Countries:
Native:
Botswana; Namibia; South Africa
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Population [top]

Population: It can be very common.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a diurnal species that is restricted to consolidated sands in semi-desert. They can also occur in pastureland.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species. It is sometimes considered to be a pest in agricultural areas.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The range of the species several includes protected areas.

Citation: Coetzee, N. 2008. Parotomys brantsii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 03 September 2014.
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