Megadontomys nelsoni 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae

Scientific Name: Megadontomys nelsoni (Merriam, 1898)
Common Name(s):
English Nelson's Giant Deer Mouse

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2018
Date Assessed: 2017-01-17
Assessor(s): Álvarez-Castañeda, S.T., Lacher, T., Vázquez, E., Arroyo-Cabrales, J. & de Grammont, P.C.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Castro-Arellano, I., McCay, S. & X. González Cózatl, F.
This species is listed as Endangered because its area of occupancy is less than 500 km2, its habitat is severely fragmented, it has fewer than five locations, and extensive continuing deforestation and habitat loss.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known from eastern slopes of Sierra Madre Oriental (2,000-3,500 m), from south-eastern Hidalgo to central Veracruz, México (Musser and Carleton 2005, Vallejo and Gonzalez 2011, Ceballos 2014).
Countries occurrence:
Additional data:
Estimated area of occupancy (AOO) - km2:112
Number of Locations:3
Lower elevation limit (metres):2000
Upper elevation limit (metres):3500
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Population [top]

Population:There is no information on the population.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:Yes

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species has nocturnal habits and its diet is based on seeds. The reproductive period extends from March to November, suggesting it is polyestric (Ceballos 2014). The litter comprises two to three offspring. This species is found in cloud and pine-oak forest (Ceballos 2014). it is an important species because it participates in the dispersal of seeds and fungal spores and in the removal of forest soil (Ceballos 2014).
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:Yes

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species has a very restricted distribution and it is threatened by deforestation (Sanchez et al. 2005) and habitat destruction (Ceballos 2014).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is listed as threatened under Mexican law and is not found in any protected areas.

Citation: Álvarez-Castañeda, S.T., Lacher, T., Vázquez, E., Arroyo-Cabrales, J. & de Grammont, P.C. 2018. Megadontomys nelsoni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T12941A22353381. . Downloaded on 25 September 2018.
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