Trichechus senegalensis

Published on 21 March was a review of the literature and overview of the contemporary use of aquatic megafauna (cetaceans, sirenians, chelonians, and crocodylians) in the global tropics and subtropics, for 37 species listed on the Appendices of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS).

22 Mar 2022

The West African Manatee (Trichechus senegalensis) is the least studied mammal in Africa despite having a range larger than the United States: encompassing 21 African countries.

06 May 2014
Assessment information
CMS InstrumentsCMS, Western African Aquatic Mammals
IUCN StatusVulnerable
Date of entry in Appendix I2009
Date of entry in Appendix II2002
Geographic range
Countries Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Congo (Brazzaville), Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa), Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo

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Common names
EnglishWest African Manatee
FrenchLamantin Ouest-Africain
SpanishManati de africa occidental
GermanAfrikanischer manati
Scientific name Trichechus senegalensis

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