Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is known from the Gotel Mountains (1,900 to 2,300 m asl) in Nigeria, and from Mount Oku (2,100 to 3,000 m asl) and another nearby volcano in western Cameroon.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
It is known from grassland with ferns in montane forest clearings. It is not known if the species can persist in farmland.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
VU
Vulnerable

Red List Criteria
B1ab(iii)

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2008

Assessor/s
Taylor, P.J. & Hutterer, R.

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

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Justification
Listed as Vulnerable because its extent of occurrence is less than 6,000 km², its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the quality of the species' habitat.

History
  • 2004
    Vulnerable
  • 1996
    Endangered
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Population

Population
It is a rare species.

Population Trend
Decreasing
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Threats

Major Threats
Clearance of the forest for agricultural use is a threat to the species' habitat.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
Mount Oku is not within a protected area. The species' range in Nigeria is most likely not in a protected area.
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Wikipedia

Western vlei rat

The Western Vlei Rat (Otomys occidentalis) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found in Cameroon and Nigeria. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical high-altitude grassland and swamps. It is threatened by habitat loss.

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