Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species ranges from central Tanzania south through Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, to Swaziland and northeastern South Africa (Mpumalanga and Limpopo Provinces; Stuart and Stuart 2013).Camera trapping studies in the Ka-Ndengeza and Vyeboom villages, Vhembe district, Limpopo province in South Africa confirmed this species' presence (L.H. Swanepoel pers. obs. 2014).Similarly the presence of Meller's Mongoose has recently been confirmed in the Lower Zambezi Protected Area Complex (Bird and Mateke 2013) as well as in the North Luangwa Valley where it was one of the two small carnivore species camera-trapped most often (White 2013). A possible record from Chobe N. P. in Botswana (Purchase et al. 2007), if substantiated, would be the first record for this country. It has been recorded to 1,850 m asl in Tanzania (De Luca and Mpunga 2005).
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This is a savanna species, mainly associated with open woodland and grassland with termitaria (Stuart and Stuart 2013).It is found in miombo woodlands in Zambia (White 2013) and montane bamboo forests in Tanzania (De Luca and Mpunga 2005).

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
2015

Assessor/s
White, P.A., Mateke, C.W., Bird, T.L.F., Swanepoel, L.H. & Do Linh San, E.

Reviewer/s
Duckworth, J.W. & Hoffmann, M.

Contributor/s
Stuart, C., Stuart, M. & Hoffmann, M.

Justification
This species is listed as Least Concern because although uncommon, this species is relatively widespread, faces no obvious major range-wide threats, and is present in several protected areas.

History
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • 1996
    Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)
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Population

Population
It is apparently uncommon to rare, but it may be easily overlooked or confused with other mongoose species.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
There are no major threats to the species. Its favoured habitat is extensive, and in some parts overlap with very low human populations. However, in some parts of the range (e.g., Tanzania) there has been considerable expansion of the human population and their dogs, which could represent a significant localised threat (Stuart and Stuart 2013).That said, in the the Ka-Ndengeza and Vyeboom villages, Vhembe district, Limpopo province, in South Africa this species was detected in areas with high human and domestic dog abundances (L.H. Swanepoel pers. obs. 2014). In addition,miombo woodlands are heavily used for resource extraction by humans (Misana et al. 1996, Mapaure and Campbell 2002); therefore local management plans might be required to ensure adequate habitat protection for this species.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
It has been recorded from several protected areas across its range.
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Wikipedia

Meller's mongoose

Meller's mongoose (Rhynchogale melleri) is a species of mongoose. It is found in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is the only member of the genus Rhynchogale.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stuart, C., Stuart, T. & Hoffmann, M. (2008). Rhynchogale melleri. 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.
  2. ^ Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M., eds. (2005). "Rhynchogale". Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
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