Overview

Distribution

Range Description

Patchily distributed in the Horn of Africa region, being present in southern and south-eastern Ethiopia, southern Somalia and northern Kenya (Kingdon and Van Rompaey in press). Laurent and Laurent (2002) recorded this species from Djibouti (though this requires confirmation). A single, uncertain sighting in Mkomazi, Tanzania, might extend the species range into the north-eastern parts of Tanzania (J. Kingdon pers. obs.). They occur up to around 600 m in Ethiopia (Yalden et al. 1980, 1996).
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
In Ethiopia, this species is restricted to a zone of bush, thicket and shrubby deciduous woodlands dominated by species of the genera Acacia, Commiphora, Grewia, Cordia, Euphorbia and Sterculia (Kingdon and Van Rompaey in press). Like the Dwarf Mongoose, with which they are broadly sympatric, they use termitaria and stony outcrops as dens.

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
Kingdon, J., Van Rompaey, J. & Hoffmann, M.

Reviewer/s
Duckworth, J.W. (Small Carnivore Red List Authority) and Hoffmann, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)

Contributor/s

Justification
Listed as Least Concern since although poorly known, the species is believed to have a relatively wide distribution, there are no obvious major threats, and it presumably occurs in several protected areas across its range.
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Population

Population
Although reliable estimates of their abundance are not available, Somali Dwarf Mongoose are abundant in some localities.

Population Trend
Stable
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Threats

Major Threats
There are not believed to be any major threats to the species.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This species is present in several protected areas across its range.
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Wikipedia

Ethiopian dwarf mongoose

The Ethiopian dwarf mongoose (Helogale hirtula), also known as the desert dwarf mongoose or Somali dwarf mongoose, is a mongoose found in eastern Africa, particularly Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia.

References

  1. ^ Kingdon, J., Van Rompaey, J. & Hoffmann, M. (2008). Helogale hirtula. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 22 March 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern
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