Punomys kofordi 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae

Scientific Name: Punomys kofordi Pacheco & Patton, 1995
Taxonomic Source(s): Patton, J.L. 2015. Genus Punomys Osgood, 1943. In: Patton, J.L., Pardiñas, U.F.J. and D’Elía, G. (eds), Mammals of South America, pp. 103-105. The University of Chicago Press.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Patterson, B. & Zeballos, H.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Vulnerable because it has a very restricted area of occupancy and is known from only five locations. Its known extent of occurrence in Peru is only 1,000 km² and further surveys are needed to determine the range and threats to this species. This species may also be threatened by climate change.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known from a few records collected near the type locality at Lago Aricoma, 13 miles (20.8 km) ENE of Crucero, in the Cordillera Carabaya of the eastern Andes, Puno Department, southern Peru (Musser and Carleton, 2005). It has been recorded between 4,500 and 4,800 m asl.
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Additional data:
Number of Locations:5
Lower elevation limit (metres):4500
Upper elevation limit (metres):4800
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Population [top]

Population:It is a very rare species. It has not been collected since 1970, although there have been no recent searches in this area.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is specifically restricted to moist microhabitats in Puna grassland. It can be found in areas that have some traditional pastoral use.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats currently exist for this montane species, however, it may be threatened by drainage of suitable wet habitat, although this needs to be confirmed. It has a restricted elevational range which is considered to be threatened by climate change in the future.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known from any protected areas. Further research into the habitat, ecology, threats and range is needed for this poorly known species.

Citation: Patterson, B. & Zeballos, H. 2008. Punomys kofordi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T136287A4269404. . Downloaded on 15 October 2018.
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