The Mount Kahuzi African climbing mouse is only known from two specimens collected from localities 100m apart despite a high level of collecting undertaken in the area, suggesting it is a rare species with a narrow range.
Like other climbing mice, this species has a remarkably long, semi-prehensile tail, which is thought to help it grasp twigs and branches whilst climbing.
It is threatened by habitat loss brought about by fire and illegal logging.
- Order: Rodentia
- Family: Nesomyidae
- Population: Unknown
- Trend: decreasing
- Size: 5-10cm
- Weight: 5-21g
Known only from Mount Kahuzi in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo
Habitat and Ecology
The species is known from subtropical-tropical moist montane forest. Little is known of its ecology, though it may be arboreal, and are thought to be primarily nocturnal. They spend daylight hours in small spherical nests of shredded vegetation. Their diet probably consists of seeds, berries, insects, small lizards, bird’s eggs and nestlings.