Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is endemic to South Africa. It is known from two disjunct populations, one in the southwest, and one in the south-central region. It has been reported as occurring in Lesotho but this appears to have been a misidentification.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
It is found in shrubland and grassland habitat. It occurs in mountain fynbos, Drakensberg grassland, and in thickets. It is not known if the species can persist in modified habitats.

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.

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

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Justification
Listed as Least Concern because it has a relatively wide distribution including a few protected areas, a presumed large population, and its population is not believed to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

History
  • 2004
    Least Concern
  • 2003
    Least Concern
    (IUCN 2003)
  • 2003
    Least Concern
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Population

Population
The population size is not known. Recent collecting efforts suggest that the eastern subspecies may be rare, and may be hybridizing with O. irroratus, however, further genetic and chromosomal research is needed to determine the taxonomic status of the type populations.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
There are no major threats known, although hybridization may be a problem for the eastern subspecies.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
Further surveys, monitoring of the population, and genetic and taxonomic research for this species is recommended. Its range includes a few protected areas.
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Wikipedia

Saunder's vlei rat

Saunder's Vlei Rat (Otomys saundersiae) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found only in South Africa. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation, and subtropical or tropical high-altitude grassland.

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