Ichthyomys pittieri 

Scope: Global
Language: English

Translate page into:

Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae

Scientific Name: Ichthyomys pittieri Handley & Mondolfi, 1963
Common Name(s):
English Pittier's Crab-eating Rat
Taxonomic Source(s): Voss, R.S. 2015. Tribe Ichthyomyini Vorontsov, 1959. In: Patton, J.L., Pardiñas, U.F.J. and D’Elía, G. (eds), Mammals of South America, pp. 279-291. The University of Chicago Press.

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.
Previously published Red List assessments:

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.
Countries occurrence:
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):800
Upper elevation limit (metres):1100
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:This is not a rare species where habitat remains, yet it is difficult to collect (J. Ochoa pers. comm.).
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

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 2008: e.T10762A3214545. . Downloaded on 25 September 2018.
Disclaimer: To make use of this information, please check the <Terms of Use>.
Feedback: If you see any errors or have any questions or suggestions on what is shown on this page, please provide us with feedback so that we can correct or extend the information provided