Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Paucituberculata Caenolestidae

Scientific Name: Caenolestes condorensis
Species Authority: Albuja & Patterson, 1996
Common Name(s):
English Andean Caenolestid, Andean Shrew Opossum, Condor Shrew Opossum

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Patterson, B. & Solari, S.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Vulnerable because it is known only from one location, which is a very specific habitat restricted to the upper limits in the Cordillera del Condor. There are no currently identified threats to the habitat. Further research is necessary to define the species range.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from one locality in Ecuador (Achupallas, 03°27'S, 78°21'W, 2,080 m), the Cordillera del Condor on the border of Peru, where is likely also occurs (Albuja and Patterson 1996).
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Population [top]

Population: This species is known from only two specimens collected at the same time (Albuja and Patterson, 1996).
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The recorded habitat was heath-like vegetation less than 1.5 m in height (Albuja and Patterson, 1996).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats at this time other than the fact that it is known from only one location.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species needs further research into its distribution and natural history. The known range of the species is within a previously proposed National Park between Ecuador and Peru, which is now labelled as Santiago-Comaina Reserved Zone. This region was under some conflict in the mid-1990s, but now is settled.

Citation: Patterson, B. & Solari, S. 2008. Caenolestes condorensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T136743A4334549. . Downloaded on 09 October 2015.
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