Abrocoma uspallata 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Abrocomidae

Scientific Name: Abrocoma uspallata Braun & Mares, 2002
Common Name(s):
English Uspallata Chinchilla Rat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-03-01
Assessor(s): Roach, N.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Jayat, J. & Ojeda, R.
Listed as Data Deficient since there is very little information on its extent of occurrence, population status, threats and ecological requirements.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known from two type localities, Quebrada de la Vena (Braun and Mares 2002) and Uspallata (Taraborelli et al. 2011) of the Mendoza Province. It is found within the monte desert biome within an elevation range of 1,850 to 2,150 m (Patton and Emmons 2015).
Countries occurrence:
Additional data:
Number of Locations:2
Lower elevation limit (metres):1850
Upper elevation limit (metres):2150
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Population [top]

Population:The abundance and population size of this species are not known. It is believed to have a low number of individuals in a restricted geographic range (Taraborelli et al. 2011).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is a rock specialist, and occupies rock crevices on slopes composed of rock blocks or flagstones that crumble easily (Taraborelli et al. 2011). Their habitat within the monte desert is characterized by creosote bush, palo verde, and various cacti (Braun and Mares 2002, Taraborelli et al. 2011, Patton and Emmons 2015). They have been described as dietary specialists of creosote bush in the past, but a study by Taraborelli et al. (2011) indicated that Larrea makes up only 30% of their diet, with the rest consisting of shrubs from the genera Lycium and Schinus.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The threats to this species, if any, are unknown.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species does not occur in any protected area. Further research is needed to determine the species' range, population status, threats and ecology.

Citation: Roach, N. 2016. Abrocoma uspallata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T136302A22182871. . Downloaded on 21 September 2018.
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