Irenomys tarsalis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Irenomys tarsalis
Species Authority: (Philippi, 1900)
Common Name(s):
English Chilean Climbing Mouse, Large-footed Irenomys
Taxonomic Notes: Muñoz Pedreros (2000) maintained longicaudatus, along with nominate tarsalis, as subspecies for Chilean populations.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Pardinas, U., Patterson, B., D'Elia, G. & Teta, P.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in central and southern Chile (see Saavedra and Simonetti 2000, for northern range extension), including Chiloe and Guaitecas Islands, and adjacent Argentina (Neuquén to Chubut Provinces.—see Pardiñas et al. 2003; Pearson 1995).
Argentina; Chile
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Population [top]

Population: This species occurs in high local abundances (i.e. in Bariloche has been caught in large numbers in camera-tramps). (Cofre and Marquet 1999). In other areas is an uncommon species.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is endemic to forest steppe ecotones and Andean forests; in Argentina it is found closely associated with Nothofagus spp. forests (Pardinas et al. 2004). Saavedra and Simonetti (2000) have reported isolated populations in central Chile in coastal maulino forest patches.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The species is very associated to forests, so deforestation can be considered a threat for it.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in several protected areas.

Citation: Pardinas, U., Patterson, B., D'Elia, G. & Teta, P. 2008. Irenomys tarsalis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 07 March 2015.
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