Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is known from isolated populations from extreme northern Malawi, south-central Tanzania (Poroto and Ukinga Mountains) and south-western Kenya, with a single record from Abercorn (=Mbala) Lucheche River in northern Zambia. It ranges from 1,400 to 2,300 m asl.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in montane grassland and swamp. Its is not known if the species is found in farmland.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
  • Freshwater
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
VU
Vulnerable

Red List Criteria
B1ab(iii)

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 Vulnerable because its extent of occurrence is less than 20,000 km², its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat due to fires and overgrazing.

History
  • 2004
    Near Threatened
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Population

Population
It is probably a common species. Populations fluctuate with fires and drought.

Population Trend
Decreasing
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Threats

Major Threats
Fires caused by both farmers and by poachers hunting large mammals are a potential threat. The species is also threatened by overgrazing of its habitat by domestic livestock.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
The range of the species includes a few protected areas.
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Wikipedia

Tanzanian vlei rat

The Tanzanian Vlei Rat (Otomys lacustris) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found in Kenya, Malawi, and Tanzania. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical high-altitude grassland and swamps. It is threatened by habitat loss.

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