Overview

Distribution

Range Description

The species is known only from the region of the type locality of Mount Cameroon, in Cameroon. It occurs from 2,000 to 4,000 m asl.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in montane grassland in the Cameroon highlands. The grassland is often within natural clearings in the forest, but the species is not found in the forest itself. Its is not known if it can persist in cleared areas or farmland.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
EN
Endangered

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 Endangered because its extent of occurrence is less than 500 km², all individuals are in a single location, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat on Mount Cameroon.

History
  • 2004
    Vulnerable
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Population

Population
Only very few specimens have been collected suggesting that it is an uncommon species.

Population Trend
Decreasing
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Threats

Major Threats
There are threats from agriculture at lower elevations on Mount Cameroon, but this species mainly occurs at elevations within the protected area so much of its habitat is currently less threatened.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
The range is within Mount Cameroon National Park.
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Wikipedia

Burton's vlei rat

Burton's vlei rat (Otomys burtoni) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found only in Cameroon. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical high-altitude shrubland, subtropical or tropical high-altitude grassland, and swamps. It is threatened by habitat loss.

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