Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is found from Tanzania northwards to Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. It does not occur on the coast south of Malindi (Shimba Hills). It occurs westwards into the Rift Valley. This species is not found in highland areas, and probably is not found higher than 700 m asl.
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Physical Description

Type Information

Type for Acomys kempi
Catalog Number: USNM 182901
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Mammals
Sex/Stage: Female; Adult
Preparation: Skin
Collector(s): A. Percival
Year Collected: 1911
Locality: Mount Marsabit, N slope, Eastern Province, Kenya, Africa
Elevation (m): 1402
  • Type: Heller, E. 1914 Jun 24. Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections. 63 (7): 12.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species is found in similar habitat to Acomys. ignitus, A. loiusae and A. wilsoni - on gravel substrates in dry savanna. It is an insectivorous species. It is not known if the species can persist in disturbed or modified habitats.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Acomys kempi

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 35
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2008

Assessor/s
Dieterlen. F.

Reviewer/s
Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)

Contributor/s

Justification
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

History
  • 2004
    Least Concern
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Population

Population
It is fairly widespread and common in the dry lowlands. It is considered to be very common along the Tana River and Samburu.

Population Trend
Stable
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Threats

Major Threats
There are no major threats to this species.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
It has been recorded from Meru National Park, Tsavo (both in Kenya) and probably others.
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Wikipedia

Kemp's spiny mouse

Kemp's Spiny Mouse (Acomys kempi) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae.[2] It is found in Kenya, Somalia, and Tanzania. Its natural habitats are dry savanna and rocky areas. It is one of only two mammals, the other being Acomys percivali, known to be capable of completely regenerating damaged tissue, including hair follicles, skin, sweat glands, fur and cartilage.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dieterlen, F. (2008). Acomys kempi. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 4 February 2009.
  2. ^ Musser, G. G.; Carleton, M. D. (2005). "Superfamily Muroidea". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 894–1531. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  3. ^ Cormier, Zoe (2012-09-26). "African spiny mice can regrow lost skin". Nature. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
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