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65. Mount Kahuzi African Climbing Mouse

Dendromus kahuziensis


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

EDGE Score

EDGE Score: 5.27 (?)
ED Score: 11.14 (?)
GE / IUCN Red List (?)
Not Evaluated Data Deficient Least Concern Near Threatened Vulnerable Endangered Critically Endangered Extinct in the Wild Extinct


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.

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This wordcloud illustrates the threats facing this species. The size of each word indicates the extent of a species range that is affected by that threat (larger size means a greater area is affected). The colour of the word indicates how much that threat impacts the species (darker shades of red mean the threat is more severe).

Logging Fire

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Source: The IUCN List of Threatened Species. Version 2017.1.
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