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The Upper Guinea rainforest zone in West Africa is considered a biodiversity hotspot and contains important habitats for threatened and endemic mammals, yet this region remains poorly known particularly for small mammals. The aim of this study was to survey small mammals in a Liberian and Guinean cross-border conservation area, the Ziama-Wonegizi-Wologizi landscape. We recorded a total of 52 small mammal species, including 26 bats, 15 rodents, 10 shrews, one otter-shrew, of which one rodent species was new to science (Colomys sp. nov.). We also documented the first country records of the bats Chaerephon aloysiisabaudiae, Pseudoromicia brunnea and Pipistrellus inexspectatus from Guinea, and the shrews Crocidura douceti and Crocidura grandiceps from Liberia. Furthermore, we recorded the recently described bat Nycticeinops happoldorum from Wologizi and Ziama, and we documented the presence of Micropotamogale lamottei at Wologizi, which represents the fourth known locality for this globally threatened species. Finally, the forests of Wologizi and Ziama support numerous threatened species. The results of our survey demonstrate the importance of this region for small mammals and support the creation of a transboundary protected area that will encompass the entire forest landscape.
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Research funding: This research work was carried out under the auspices of the Conserving and Connecting the Ziama-Wonegizi Wologizi Transboundary Forest Landscape between Guinea and Liberia of Fauna and Flora International (FFI) and in partnership with USAID’s West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change Programme (WA BiCC), Forest Development Authority, Liberia and Centre Forestière N’Zerekore (N’Zerekore Forestry Centre), Guinea with funding from the USAID West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change Program (USAID WA BiCC).
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Dalton, D. L. & Monadjem, A.
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