Charada vlei rat

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Charada vlei rat
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Genus: Otomys
O. fortior
Binomial name
Otomys fortior
Thomas, 1906[2]

Charada vlei rat (Otomys fortior) is a species of rodent in the family of Muridae. It is endemic to southwestern Ethiopia.[1][3]


Thomas (1906) initially described this species under the name Otomys typus fortior. It was then elevated to species status by Dollmann (1915). It was again re-included under O. typus (Ethiopian vlei rat) in the classification by Allen in 1939. Taylor et al. (2011) would be moved back Otomys fortior to species status, arguing that the biogeographical and ecological separation of the species from the other members of the genus in the region was sufficient.[4][1]


It is known from less than 10 locations in Ethiopia and its population is suggested to be declining as well as its habitat, hence the assessment of the species as "Vulnerable" by the IUCN.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Taylor, P.; Relton, C. (2021). "Otomys fortior". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2021: e.T48009551A48010683. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2021-3.RLTS.T48009551A48010683.en.
  2. ^ Thomas, Oldfield (October 1906). "XLI.— New mammals collected in North-East Africa by Mr. Zaphiro, and presented to the British Museum by W. N. M c Millan, Esq" (PDF). Annals and Magazine of Natural History. 18 (106): 300–306. doi:10.1080/00222930608562614. Retrieved 20 February 2023.
  3. ^ "Otomys fortior (id=1003400)". ASM Mammal Diversity Database. American Society of Mammalogists. Retrieved 20 February 2023.
  4. ^ Taylor, Peter J.; Lavrenchenko, Leonid A.; Carleton, Michael D.; Verheyen, Erik; Bennett, Nigel C.; Oosthuizen, Carel J.; Maree, Sarita (13 September 2011). "Specific limits and emerging diversity patterns in East African populations of laminate-toothed rats, genus Otomys (Muridae: Murinae: Otomyini): Revision of the Otomys typus complex" (PDF). Zootaxa. 3024 (1): 1–66. doi:10.11646/ZOOTAXA.3024.1.1. S2CID 59381852. Retrieved 20 February 2023.