Thylamys sponsorius 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Didelphimorphia Didelphidae

Scientific Name: Thylamys sponsorius
Species Authority: Thomas, 1921
Common Name(s):
English Argentine Fat-tailed Mouse Opossum

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Diaz M. & Barquez, R.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Least Concern in because of its wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in a number of protected areas, 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 along the eastern flanks of the Andes in northern Argentina and extending just into southern Bolivia (Gardner 2007)
Countries occurrence:
Argentina; Bolivia, Plurinational States of
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Population [top]

Population:Abundant in appropriate habitats.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is found in dry thornscub and shrub forests. Unlike other mouse opossums, Thylamys are found in the central and southern part of South America in dry habitats, as opposed to the more mesic environments of other genera (Palma et al. 2002). The species of this genus are mainly arboreal and crepuscular, with a diet that is mostly insects and small vertebrates (Palma et al. 2002).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no threats to the species at this time although some populations are threatened by deforestation.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in a number of protected areas. Needs taxonomic revision as it could be a species complex.

Citation: Diaz M. & Barquez, R. 2008. Thylamys sponsorius. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T136213A4260624. . Downloaded on 28 October 2016.
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