|Scientific Name:||Heteromys gaumeri|
|Species Authority:||J.A. Allen & Chapman, 1897|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Assessor/s:||Vázquez, E., Emmons, L., Reid, F. & Cuarón, A.D.|
|Reviewer/s:||McKnight, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)|
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.
|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).|
Native:Belize; Guatemala; Mexico
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|Population:||Widespread; common to abundant (Reid 1997).|
|Habitat and Ecology:||
This rodent occurs in semideciduous 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).
|Major Threat(s):||This species is adversely affected in parts of its range by increasing human populations, via agricultural expansion.|
|Conservation Actions:||Occurs in protected areas in the Yucatan. It has been well studied.|
|Citation:||Vázquez, E., Emmons, L., Reid, F. & Cuarón, A.D. 2008. Heteromys gaumeri. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 18 April 2014.|
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