Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is endemic to Sri Lanka, where it is known from one location each in Central Province (Kumbalaghamuwa), North Eastern Province (Kumana), Southern Province (Buttawa in Hambantota and Yala National Park) and Uva Province (Galge in Monaragala) (Phillips 1935; Molur et al. 2005; W.I.L.D.P.T.S. de A. Goonatilake in litt. 2005). It is found at about 1,000 m asl.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
It is a nocturnal and terrestrial species. It occurs in tropical and sub tropical dry thorny scrub forest. It has been found to occupy low country dry and intermediate zone and semi-evergreen forest (Molur et al. 2005).

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
EN
Endangered

Red List Criteria
B2ab(iii)

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2008

Assessor/s
de A. Goonatilake, W.I.L.D.P.T.S., Nameer, P.O. & Molur, S.

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

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Justification
Listed as Endangered because its area of occupancy is probably less than 500 km², all individuals are in fewer than five locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.
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Population

Population
There is no information available on the population abundance of this species.

Population Trend
Decreasing
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Threats

Major Threats
Increased use of pesticides in agriculture, human disturbance and presence of domestic predators have been observed to be major threats for this species (Molur et al. 2005).
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
The species is not protected by any legislation. However, it has been recorded from Yala National Park. Surveys and population monitoring are recommended for this species (Molur et al. 2005).
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Wikipedia

Ceylon spiny mouse

The Ceylon spiny mouse (Mus fernandoni) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found only in Sri Lanka where it is known as ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක‍ටු හීන් මීයා in Sinhala language.

Description[edit]

Head and body length 9-11cm. Tail 6-7cm. Reddish gray above, with gray flat spines (each with 11mm in length) and the reddish hue from the intermixed fine fur. Underparts pure white with lots of long black hairs overlying. Whitish to grayish underparts, sometimes with a reddish brown tinge. Ears dark and relatively large. Snout pointed. Tail scaly, dark purple in color, and longer than body length. Incisors are orange in color.

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