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Cuscomys ashaninka

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA ABROCOMIDAE

Scientific Name: Cuscomys ashaninka
Species Authority: Emmons, 1999
Common Name/s:
English Ashaninika Arboreal Chinchilla Rat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor/s: Zeballos, H. & Vivar, E.
Reviewer/s: Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
This species is listed as Data Deficient since it has only recently been described and is currently known only from the holotype, and there is still very little information on its extent of occurrence, population status, threats and ecological requirements.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from the type locality: North of the Cordillera de Vilcabamba, Department of Cusco, Peru (Woods and Kilpatrick, 2005). It might range more widely in the nearby elfin forest, but the extent of its range is not known. It is found at 3,350 m asl (Emmons et al., 2001).
Countries:
Native:
Peru
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Population [top]

Population: It is only known from the holotype.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is an arboreal species (Emmons et al., 2001). It was collected in primary elfin forest. Nothing further is known about the ecology of this species. Apparently it is hunted by long-tailed weasel (Mustela frenata), of which a specimen was collected nearby (Emmons, 1999).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The lowland areas of forest, close to where the species was collected, are threatened by the conversion of forest to cropland, especially cocoa.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has been recorded from the Apurimac protected area. Further research is needed into the distribution, population status, habitat and ecology, and threats to this species.
Citation: Zeballos, H. & Vivar, E. 2008. Cuscomys ashaninka. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 20 April 2014.
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