Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Didelphimorphia Didelphidae

Scientific Name: Marmosa quichua
Species Authority: Thomas, 1899
Common Name(s):
English Quechuan Mouse Opossum

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern 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)
Although this species is known mainly from isolated records from a large area, it is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, presumed large population, 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 is known only in eastern Peru. There are only two general locations known. The type locality was identified as the Valle de Occobamba, Cuzco, Peru (Gardner, 2007). There is also a locality at 860 m at Moyobamba, San Martin, Peru (Osgood, 1913). There are records from an expedition to Vilcabamba (Emmons et al., 2001) that likely represent this species (Solari pers. comm.). The species likely is found more extensively, perhaps into Bolivia (Solari pers. comm.). It is found from 300 to 2,700 m.
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Population [top]

Population: Unknown.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a low and upper montane forest. It is restricted to forest, there are no records from secondary forest though may persist there.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats. The northern locality has habitat loss, though the southern known range is relatively intact.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is not yet recorded from a protected area, but known records are adjacent to several and it is presumed to occur there.

Citation: Solari, S. & Patterson, B. 2008. Marmosa quichua. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T136508A4302316. . Downloaded on 13 October 2015.
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