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Holochilus sciureus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA CRICETIDAE

Scientific Name: Holochilus sciureus
Species Authority: Wagner, 1842
Common Name/s:
English Marsh Rat
Taxonomic Notes: Holochilus sciureus may include a species complex.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor/s: Weksler, M. Queirolo, D. & Brito, D.
Reviewer/s: Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
This species is listed as Least Concern in because of its wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in a number of protected areas, tolerance to some degree of habitat modification, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
History:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is broadly distributed, it reaches the Orinoco and Amazon River basins: Venezuela (including an isolated locality in the Maracaibo Basin, northwest of the Andes; see Linares, 1998), the Guianas, northern and central Brazil, and Amazonian regions of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia (Musser and Carleton, 2005). It also occurs in Suriname (Weksler pers. comm.).
Countries:
Native:
Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Brazil; Colombia; Ecuador; French Guiana; Guyana; Peru; Suriname; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: This rodent is uncommon to common.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: During a survey along the Rio Juruá of the western Amazon of Brazil, the species was found in grass patches along the river margins and agricultural areas close to rivers (Patton et al., 2000). Some female specimens examined from August to November were either pregnant or lactating; young were also observed during these months (Patton et al. 2000).
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to the species at this time.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in a number of protected areas.
Citation: Weksler, M. Queirolo, D. & Brito, D. 2008. Holochilus sciureus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 25 April 2014.
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