Ichthyomys pittieri


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Ichthyomys pittieri
Species Authority: Handley & Mondolfi, 1963
Common Name(s):
English Pittier's Crab-eating Rat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Aguilera, M. & Ochoa, J.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Vulnerable due to a restricted geographic range in an area threatened by deforestation, cattle and agriculture. The extent of occurrence is approximately 5,500 km² and there is a continuing decline in quality and extent of habitat outside of protected areas, less than 10 locations (defined by threat). Due to continuing development of the regions the species will soon be exposed to water contamination and pollution, thus this situation needs to be studied and monitored.
1996 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in the Cordillera Central, north Venezuela (Linares, 1998) up to Serrenia de Bobare (J. Ochoa pers. comm.). It occurs from 800 to 1,100 m.
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: This is not a rare species where habitat remains, yet it is difficult to collect (J. Ochoa pers. comm.).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The species occurs in tall rainforest and montane cloud forest; it is nocturnal, terrestrial and semiaquatic and feed on crabs and other aquatic invertebrates (Voss, 1988).
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): In the western part of the distribution there is habitat destruction caused by deforestation and conversion to pasture (J. Ochoa pers. comm.). This species is susceptible to water pollution and contamination.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in several protected areas (J. Ochoa and M. Aguilera pers. comm.).

Citation: Aguilera, M. & Ochoa, J. 2008. Ichthyomys pittieri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 05 September 2015.
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