Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is patchily distributed in the Horn of Africa region, being present in southern and southeastern Ethiopia, southern Somalia and northern Kenya (Kingdon and Van Rompaey 2013). Laurent and Laurent (2002) reported this species from Djibouti (although this requires confirmation). A single, uncertain sighting in Mkomazi, Tanzania, might extend the species' knownrange into the northeastern parts of Tanzania (Kingdon and Van Rompaey 2013). They occur up to around 600 m asl 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 2013). Like the Common Dwarf Mongoose (Helogale parvula), 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
2015

Assessor/s
Do Linh San, E. & Hoffmann, M.

Reviewer/s
Duckworth, J.W.

Contributor/s
Kingdon, J.

Justification
This species is listed as Least Concern because, although poorly known, this 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.

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

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

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
There are not believed to be any major threats to this 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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