Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This speciess is primarily found in central and southern Sudan but it extends into Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. It occurs well below 2,000 m asl, and it is not found in the highlands of Ethiopia. It is not present in the Gambela area of Ethiopia which is too low lying and very wet. There are outlying records from Jebel Mara, the base of the jebels in eastern Sudan, Bahr el Ghazal and the Immatongs in Uganda. The occurrence of this species in Djibouti requires confirmation.
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Physical Description

Type Information

Type for Acomys cineraceus
Catalog Number: USNM 164821
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Mammals
Sex/Stage: Female; Adult
Preparation: Skin; Skull
Collector(s): J. Loring
Year Collected: 1910
Locality: Nimule, Al-Istiwa'Iyah Ash-Sharqiyah, Southern Region, Sudan, Africa
  • Type: Heller, E. 1911 Feb 28. Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections. 56 (17): 13.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
It is found in rocky habitats and semi-desert areas. It is an insectivorous species. It appears that the species can persist in disturbed or modified habitats.

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
Dieterlen. F.

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

Contributor/s

Justification
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

History
  • 2004
    Least Concern
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Population

Population
There is a large population of this species east of the Nile, and it is not so common in the west. It is locally common in appropriate habitats in Western Nile province of Sudan. This can be a human commensal species.

Population Trend
Stable
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Threats

Major Threats
There are no major threats to this species.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
It is not known if the species is present in any protected areas.
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Wikipedia

Gray spiny mouse

The Gray Spiny Mouse or Grey Spiny Mouse (Acomys cineraceus) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, and Uganda. Its natural habitats are dry savanna, moist savanna, rocky areas, arable land, and rural gardens.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dieterlen, F. (2008). Acomys cineraceus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 4 February 2009.
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