Overview

Distribution

Range Description

Acomys nesiotes is endemic to Cyprus, where available evidence suggests that it was possibly introduced by humans, and therefore may represent a non-native population of Acomys cahirinus.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species is found in rocky areas.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
DD
Data Deficient

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2008

Assessor/s
Kryštufek, B. & Amori, G.

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

Contributor/s

Justification
This species is Data Deficient given the uncertainty concerning the taxonomic status of the species, and the fact that the species was probably introduced by humans to Cyprus. If it was assessed as a valid species, it would likely qualify as threatened under criterion B.

History
  • 2000
    Data Deficient
  • 1996
    Lower Risk/near threatened
    (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)
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Population

Population
There were no records of this species between 1980 and 2007. In 2007, four individuals were captured by M. Sozen and colleagues around Lefkoşa (Nicosia) area at an altitude of about 600 meters asl in northern Cyprus, confirming that this species persists (M. Sozen pers. comm. 2007).

The species is expected to have two disjunct populations in the rocky areas of the island: the Troodos massiv in the South and the Kyrenia hills in the North, which are separated by the non-rocky Mesaoria lowlands.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
Attempts were made in the 1980s and 1990s to trap this species at sites where it was recorded in the 1970s; these were always unsuccessful, and instead of spiny mice, black rats Rattus rattus were found at the sites (P. Boye pers. comm. 2007). Habitat at some of these site has been destroyed as a result of road and building construction (P. Boye pers. comm. 2007). This suggests that the Cyprus Spiny Mouse may have suffered significant declines as a result of competition with invasive black rats and habitat loss due to development.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
No specific measures are in place. It is not known if the species occurs in any protected areas. Taxonomic research is required to clarify whether or not this is a valid species. Surveys are needed to determine population size, distribution and trends.
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Wikipedia

Cyprus spiny mouse

The Cyprus Spiny Mouse (Acomys nesiotes) is a little-known rodent endemic to Cyprus. These nocturnal[2] animals are generally found in arid areas. After the last reliable record in 1980 no considerable effort has been made until 2007 when four individuals were rediscovered. Due to the insufficient data of its population the IUCN considers it as data deficient.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Kryštufek, B. & Amori, G. (2008). Acomys nesiotes. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 4 February 2009.
  2. ^ NTWORLD
  • Nowak, R.M. (ed.) 1999. Walkers Mammals of the World. Sixth edition. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore and London.
  • Wilson, D.E. and Reeder, D.M. (eds) 1993. Mammal Species of the World: a taxonomic and geographic reference. Second edition. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington and London.
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