Heteromys gaumeri 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Heteromyidae

Scientific Name: Heteromys gaumeri J.A. Allen & Chapman, 1897
Common Name(s):
English Gaumer's Spiny Pocket Mouse

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-01-26
Assessor(s): Reid, F. & Vázquez, E.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Emmons, L. & Cuarón, A.D.
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in a number of protected areas, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to the Yucatan Peninsula (Mexico, north Belize, and north Guatemala) (Patton 2005). It occurs only in lowlands (Reid 1997).
Countries occurrence:
Belize; Guatemala; Mexico
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Population [top]

Population:This species is widespread; it is common to abundant (Reid 1997).
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This rodent occurs in semi-deciduous forest, thorn scrub, and second growth.

It is nocturnal and terrestrial, but occasionally travels on low, horizontal logs. Its habits are solitary; individuals fight viciously if introduced in captivity and probably maintain exclusive territories in the wild. Breeding occurs mainly in the wet season, from April to January, and litter size is 2 to 5 young (Jones et al. 1974, Schmidt et al. 1989).
Generation Length (years):2

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is adversely affected in parts of its range by increasing human populations, via agricultural expansion.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in protected areas in the Yucatan. It has been well studied.

Citation: Reid, F. & Vázquez, E. 2016. Heteromys gaumeri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T10007A22223646. . Downloaded on 21 September 2017.
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