Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is geographically restricted to the Ugandan and Kenyan upper slopes of Mount Elgon, from 3,300 to 4,200 m asl.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
It is a habitat specialist restricted to alpine heaths on upper slopes (>3,300 m asl) of Mount Elgon where it co-exists with O. typus jacksoni (Clausnitzer and Kityo 2001).

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
EN
Endangered

Red List Criteria
B1ab(iii)c(ii,iv)

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 Endangered as it has an extent of occurrence less than 5,000 km², it is restricted to high elevations of only one mountain, and the burning of the species' habitat causes large fluctuations in the species' area of occupancy and the number of mature individuals.

History
  • 2004
    Endangered
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Population

Population
It is reasonably common in good habitat.

Population Trend
Decreasing
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Threats

Major Threats
Habitat degradation and poor management of the species' habitat has resulted in extensive fires (often linked to poaching activities) that have damaged the habitat. Tourism, in particular disturbance of the habitat by tourists is also a potential threat.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
Mount Elgon is conserved within Mount Elgon National Park, but better management of the park to conserve this species is needed.
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Wikipedia

Barbour's vlei rat

Barbour's vlei rat (Otomys barbouri) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found in Kenya and Uganda. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical high-altitude shrubland. It is threatened by habitat loss.

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