Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is known from the coastal forest of southeastern Kenya, throughout eastern and southern highlands of Tanzania and west to the Udzungwa montains (FitzGibbon et al. 1995), south to southern Malawi (Ansell and Dowsett 1988), and west to northern and north-eastern Zambia (Ansell 1978). There is a possible occurrence in the Zambezia District, Mozambique (Smithers and Tello 1976). It has been recorded from sea level to 2,000 m asl.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
The species has been recorded from primary or selectively logged forest, and riparian forest, and can tolerate quite a degree of forest disturbance. However, It has not been found outside of forest habitat.

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
Howell, K., Oguge, N. & Chitaukali, W.

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, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, presumed large overall population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

History
  • 2004
    Near Threatened
  • 1996
    Vulnerable
    (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)
  • 1996
    Vulnerable
  • 1994
    Vulnerable
    (Groombridge 1994)
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Population

Population
The species is not particularly rare or common, and its abundance appears to vary between countries.

Population Trend
Decreasing
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Threats

Major Threats
The species' forest habitat is being selectively logged heavily in Kenya and Tanzania, causing habitat loss and fragmentation. Mining is a future threat in Tanzania in Pugu Forest Reserve. In Malawi the species is threatened by agricultural development.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
The species is found in the Udzungwa National Park, and also occurs in some forest reserves. It occurs in a few protected areas in Malawi. Research is needed into: population numbers, range, biology, ecology, habitat status, threats, and potential conservation measures. This species needs to be monitored. Protected area management is also required.
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Wikipedia

Lesser hamster-rat

The lesser hamster-rat or long-tailed pouched rat (Beamys hindei) is a species of rodent in the Nesomyidae family. It is found in Kenya and Tanzania. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. It is threatened by habitat loss.

References[edit]

  • Howell, K. & Oguge, N. 2004. Beamys hindei. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 19 July 2007.
  • Musser, G. G. and M. D. Carleton. 2005. Superfamily Muroidea. pp. 894–1531 in Mammal Species of the World a Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder eds. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.
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