Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This mongoose is confined to south-western Angola and north-western and north-central Namibia (Taylor in press).
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species is an inhabitant of arid hills and kopjes away from water. In northern Namibia, the species is restricted to habitats dominated by large granitic boulders (petrophily), and the drainages and woodlands connecting these, which results in a highly fragmented distribution (Shortridge 1934; Rathbun and Cowley in press). There is no information available on the habitat preferences of the animals in Angola.

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
Hoffmann, M. & Rathbun, G.

Reviewer/s
Duckworth, J.W. (Small Carnivore Red List Authority) and Hoffmann, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)

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Justification
Listed as Least Concern as although the species has a relatively restricted distribution, and is associated with a particular microhabitat, it is believed to be common, there are no known major threats to the species, and it is present in several protected areas.
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Population

Population
There is little information available on this species as few specimens are available in museums. However, it is assumed to be relatively common in arid regions (Taylor in press). It is sometimes confused with the Dwarf Mongoose Helogale parvula, which overlaps its range, and is also dark in colour in this part of its range.

Population Trend
Stable
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Threats

Major Threats
There are no known major threats to the species.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This species is recorded from several protected areas, including the Skeleton Coast and Etosha National Parks (M. Griffin pers. comm.). This species definitely warrants further research, especially its taxonomic status relative to Angolan animals.
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