Overview

Distribution

Range Description

Ranges from central Tanzania south through Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, to Swaziland and north-eastern South Africa (Mpumalanga and Limpopo Provinces) (Stuart and Stuart in press). A possible record from Chobe N.P. in Botswana (Purchase et al. 2007), if substantiated, would be the first record for this country. Recorded to 1,850 m asl in Tanzania (De Luca and Mpunga 2005)
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
A savanna species, mainly associated with open woodland and grassland with termitaria (Stuart and Stuart in press).

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
Stuart, C., Stuart, T. & Hoffmann, M.

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

Contributor/s

Justification
Listed as Least Concern as although uncommon, the species is relatively widespread, faces no obvious major range-wide threats, and is present in several protected areas.
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Population

Population
Apparently uncommon to rare, but it may be easily overlooked or confused with other mongoose species.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
There are no major threats to the species. Its favoured habitat is extensive, and in some parts with very low human populations. However, in some parts of the range (e.g., Tanzania) there has been considerable expansion of the human population and their dogs, which could represent a significant localized threat (Stuart and Stuart in press).
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
It has been recorded from several protected areas across its range.
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Wikipedia

Meller's mongoose

Meller's mongoose (Rhynchogale melleri) is a species of mongoose. It is found in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It belongs to the monotypic genus Rhynchogale.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stuart, C., Stuart, T. & Hoffmann, M. (2008). Rhynchogale melleri. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 22 March 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern.
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