Neotoma micropus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Neotoma micropus
Species Authority: Baird, 1855
Common Name(s):
English Southern Plains Woodrat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Linzey, A.V., Timm, R., Álvarez-Castañeda, S.T., Castro-Arellano, I. & Lacher, T.
Reviewer(s): McKnight, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, 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: Southern Great Plains of the United States and northeastern Mexico. In the US from southeastern Colorado to south-central Kansas, southward through western Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico. In Mexico, the range is primarily northern Chihuahua, northeastern Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, and the northeast sector of San Luis Potosi.
Mexico; United States (Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas)
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Population [top]

Population: Populations somewhat variable, ranging from 0-31.1 individuals/ha over a 30-month period. These changes are correlated with cactus density.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Occurs in a wide variety of habitats charactized by grasses, shrubs, and cactus. Associated with rocky habitats in some parts of the range.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): None known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no known conservation measures specific to this species. However, there are several protected areas within its range.

Citation: Linzey, A.V., Timm, R., Álvarez-Castañeda, S.T., Castro-Arellano, I. & Lacher, T. 2008. Neotoma micropus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 01 April 2015.
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