Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is widespread in Central Africa and East Africa with outlying populations in West Africa. It is a montane species occurring up to 2,300 m asl.
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Physical Description

Type Information

Type for Mylomys dybowskii
Catalog Number: USNM 162881
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Mammals
Sex/Stage: Male; Adult
Preparation: Skin; Skull
Collector(s): E. Heller
Year Collected: 1909
Locality: Nzoia River, Guas Ngishu Plateau, Western Province, Kenya, Africa
  • Type: Heller, E. 1910 Feb 28. Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections. 54 (4): 1.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
It is found in the southern part of the Guinean Savanna Zone, especially in the rainforest-savanna mosaic. The species is associated with moist, tall grasslands with scattered trees and shrubs. This species has also been recorded from clear-cut areas at the edge of rainforest.

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.

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
  • 1996
    Lower Risk/least concern
    (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)
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Population

Population
Although this species is usually considered to be a rare species, it has been found to be very abundant in some localities.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
The threats to this species are not known. It has been recorded from modified habitats, but further studies are needed on its persistence in these environments.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
There are no conservation measures in place and it is not known if the species occurs in any protected areas. Further research is needed into population numbers, range and potential conservation measures.
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Wikipedia

African groove-toothed rat

The African groove-toothed rat or mill rat (Mylomys dybowskii) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found in Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland. It is threatened by habitat loss.

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