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Andinomys edax

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA CRICETIDAE

Scientific Name: Andinomys edax
Species Authority: Thomas, 1902
Common Name(s):
English Andean Mouse
Taxonomic Notes: This taxon could be a composite of two biological species.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Dunnum, J., Vargas, J., Bernal, N., Zeballos, H., Vivar, E., Patterson, B, Pardinas, U., D'Elia, G. & Jayat. J.P.
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 view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in the Altiplano of extreme south Peru (Puno Department) and north Chile (Pine et al., 1979; Spotorno, 1976), through west central Bolivia (Anderson, 1997), to northwest Argentina (Jujuy to Catamarca Provinces; Díaz and Barquez, 1999; Mares et al. 1997; Ortiz et al. 2000; Musser and Carleton, 2005). This is a high-altitude rodent, having been caught at between 1,500 and 5,100 m, with most localities above 3,000 m.
Countries:
Native:
Argentina; Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Chile; Peru
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Population [top]

Population: It is an uncommon species.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a terrestrial species that may be scansorial as well. In Peru it has been recorded from Polylepis woodland and high Andean areas with trees and high shrubs. In Bolivia it has been recorded from Puna grassland and shrubland. Throughout this range it appears to be found mainly in dense vegetation along water courses, although it has also been trapped in rocky terrain (Fonollat, 1984; Orlog, 1979; Eisenberg and Redford, 1999). It has not been recorded from the most arid parts of the Altiplano. Around Lake Titicaca it has been recorded in cultivated areas with trees (H. Zeballos pers. comm.). In southern Peru, one female was trapped with three embryos (Pearson, 1951).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is known from one protected area in Peru and possibly two protected areas in Bolivia and in several in Argentina.

Citation: Dunnum, J., Vargas, J., Bernal, N., Zeballos, H., Vivar, E., Patterson, B, Pardinas, U., D'Elia, G. & Jayat. J.P. 2008. Andinomys edax. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 18 December 2014.
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