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Thylamys tatei

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA DIDELPHIMORPHIA DIDELPHIDAE

Scientific Name: Thylamys tatei
Species Authority: (Handley, 1957)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Solari, S. & Patterson, B.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
This species is listed as Data Deficient in view of the absence of recent information on its status and ecological requirements. This species occurs in a region which is being developed in Peru, however, as almost nothing is known of its natural history it is not possibly to predict what impact current land use changes will have on populations. This species needs further research as it is suspected to be threatened, but to what degree is unknown.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is found in around five localities in the coastal Peru (departments of Ancash and Lima) (Solari 2003; Braun et al. 2005; Gardner 2005). The species may occur further north, though not much given the available habitat; it is unlikely to be found more extensively to the south. This species has the northernmost range of the genus (S. Solari pers. comm.). It is found from 300 to 3,000 m (Solari 2003).
Countries:
Native:
Peru
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Population [top]

Population: Unknown, there are specimens from a handful of localities (S. Solari pers. comm.).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found in the coastal deserts and shrublands of Peru (Solari, 2003). 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 crepuscular, with a diet that is mostly insects and small vertebrates (Palma et al. 2002).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threats are agriculture and small settlements (S. Solari pers. comm.).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is found in Lachay National Preserve (Solari, 2003). Very little information is available on this species and further research is needed into its ecology and effect of threats.

Citation: Solari, S. & Patterson, B. 2008. Thylamys tatei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 20 October 2014.
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