Liomys spectabilis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Liomys spectabilis
Species Authority: Genoways, 1971
Common Name(s):
English Jaliscan Spiny Pocket Mouse

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Álvarez-Castañeda, S.T., Castro-Arellano, I. & Vázquez, E.
Reviewer(s): McKnight, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)
Listed as Endangered because its extent of occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from southeast Jalisco (Mexico) (Patton 2005). Its altitudinal range is 960 to 1,615 m (Genoways 1973 in Dominguez-Castellanos and Ortega 2003).
Mexico (Jalisco)
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Population [top]

Population: This species is known from few localities and is considered rare due to a low numbers of specimens (Dominguez-Castellanos and Ortega 2003).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species can be found in xerophytic montane areas and pine-oak forest (Genoways 1971 in Dominguez-Castellanos and Ortega 2003). Weeds, low brush, cornfields, grass, and several trees compose the typical habitat of the Jaliscan spiny pocket mouse (Genoways 1973 in Dominguez-Castellanos and Ortega 2003). Some specimens were caught in the immediate vicinity of a highway (Dominguez-Castellanos and Ortega 2003). Current agricultural use has greatly modified the landscape (Genoways 1971 in Dominguez-Castellanos and Ortega 2003).

The biology and ecology of this species is poorly known.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The species is reported as having a small range that is subject to increasing habitat disruption (Nowak 1999). The pine-oak forest in this region is severely fragmented due to timber extraction.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is protected under Mexican Law (NOM-059-ECOl-2001).

Citation: Álvarez-Castañeda, S.T., Castro-Arellano, I. & Vázquez, E. 2008. Liomys spectabilis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 03 September 2015.
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