Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is a montane Albertine Rift endemic occurring in the Kivu region of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, and adjacent parts of Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi. It is normally found above 1,500 to 3,000 m asl. The species has been recorded from (north to south) the Upper Ituri region west of Lake Mobutu and on both sides of the Rift Valley. Specific locations include Ruwenzori (Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda), Virunga Volcanoes, mountains west of Lake Edward (Democratic Republic of the Congo), and on both sides of Lake Kivu (Democratic Republic of the Congo, western Rwanda, western Burundi). An extralimital record from the Aberdare Mountains in Kenya needs verification (and is not mapped here).
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in dense moist forest, swampy forest, bamboo forest, and even secondary forest, low afroalpine area. Records of this species from forests below 1,000 m asl need verification, especially those from the Ituri Forest and Irangi (Democratic Republic of the Congo). It is a herbivorous, and occasionally omnivorous, species.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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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. & Kerbis Peterhans, J.

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

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Justification
Listed as Least Concern because, although this species is an Albertine Rift montane endemic, it is widely distributed in the region, is locally common and there are no major threats. The subpopulation on Lake Kivu needs to be examined, as it might be a different species and may warrant a threatened listing.

History
  • 2004
    Least Concern
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Population

Population
It is generally rare in the cultivated zone west of Lake Kivu, and it is less common than M. minutoides on Idjwi Island, Lake Kivu. Population numbers fluctuate, but is normally the second to third most common species of Mus in trap records. It may be locally abundant in certain habitats.

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 a number of protected areas (e.g., Ruwenzori National Park, Virunga National Park and Kibali Forest).
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Wikipedia

Toad mouse

The toad mouse (Mus bufo) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found in Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montane forests and arable land.

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