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SPECIES Steatomys parvus

Author:Rhoads, 1896.
Citation:Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia: 529.
Common Name:Tiny African Fat Mouse
Type Locality:Ethiopia, northern shore Lake Turkana, Rusia (see Yalden et al., 1996).
Distribution:East and Southern Africa—S and EC Sudan (holotypes of aquilo and thomasi; USNM specimens), S Ethiopia, and Somalia; south through Kenya (Hollister, 1919; specimens in AMNH), Uganda (Delany, 1975; AMNH 119143), and Tanzania (Swynnerton and Hayman, 1951); to SW Angola (Coetzee, 1977a; Crawford-Cabral, 1998; AMNH 81949), NE Namibia, NW Botswana (Smithers, 1971), W Zambia (Ansell, 1978), and W Zimbabwe (Smithers and Wilson, 1979).
Status:IUCN – Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Distribution and conservation status discussed as a savanna woodland species by Mugo et al. (1995). The single Ethiopian record was first listed as S. pratensis (Yalden et al., 1976) and later reidentified as S. parvus (Yalden et al., 1996). Coetzee (1977a) omitted thomasi from his review; Setzer’s (1956) large type series matches the range of variation in what is now regarded as S. parvus. Coetzee (1977a) included the holotype and only specimen of aquilo (EC Sudan, Jebel Marra) in S. parvus, although Thomas and Hinton (1923a) believed it to be related to West African S. cuppedius. Southern African records reviewed and mapped by de Graaff (1997gg), who included an isolate in KwaZulu-Natal, but Taylor (1998) reallocated those specimens to S. krebsii. Steatomys parvus has not been found south of NE Namibia and NW Botswana, nor have we located any samples between S Sudan and the eastern range limits of West African S. cuppedius (see account).



    aquilo Thomas and Hinton, 1923
    athi Heller, 1910
    kalaharicus Roberts, 1932
    loveridgei Thomas, 1919
    minutus Thomas and Wroughton, 1905
    muanzae Kershaw, 1923
    swalius Thomas, 1926
    thomasi Setzer, 1956
    umbratus Thomas, 1926

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