Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species has a relic distribution on a few widely separated mountain ranges from Ruwenzori and the Albertine Rift Mountains in Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the Uluguru and Usambara Mountains in Tanzania, to the Nyikae Plateau in Malawi and Zambia. It has been recorded from 1,950 to 3,000 m asl. The range of the species has declined since the Pleistocene.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
It is an inhabitant of montane or alpine grassland, montane forest, disturbed forest and transitional scrub at higher altitudes on mountain slopes.

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
Taylor, P.J., Maree, S. & Kerbis Peterhans, J.

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
    Near Threatened
  • 1996
    Lower Risk/near threatened
    (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)
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Population

Population
It is quite a common species, and can even be reasonably abundant, although it is difficult to catch.

Population Trend
Decreasing
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Threats

Major Threats
Civil warfare and people living in the forest damaging the habitat, as well as fire from stray agricultural burning are major threats in parts of the species range.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
The range of the species includes protected areas.
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Wikipedia

Dent's vlei rat

The Dent's Vlei Rat (Otomys denti) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found in Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, subtropical or tropical high-altitude shrubland, and subtropical or tropical high-altitude grassland. It is threatened by habitat loss.

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