Octodon lunatus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Octodontidae

Scientific Name: Octodon lunatus
Species Authority: Osgood, 1943
Common Name(s):
English Moon-toothed Degu

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-09-25
Assessor(s): Lessa, E., Ojeda, R. & Bidau, C.
Reviewer(s): Amori , G. & Schipper, J.

Listed as Near Threatened because this species is probably in significant decline (but probably at a rate of less than 30% over ten years) because of widespread habitat loss and degradation throughout much of its range, making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.

Previously published Red List assessments:
2013 Near Threatened (NT)
2008 Vulnerable (VU)
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in Chile in the coastal mountains of Valparaiso, Aconcagua, and Coquimbo Provinces (Woods and Kilpatrick 2005).
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: It is thought that there has been a population decline in the last 10 years.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species inhabits rocky and dense coastal scrublands (R. Ojeda pers. comm.).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threat to this species is loss of habitat to agricultural expansion and livestock grazing. Urban expansion is also a threat for the species (R. Ojeda pers. comm.).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It does not occur within protected areas.

Citation: Lessa, E., Ojeda, R. & Bidau, C. 2010. Octodon lunatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T15089A4493091. . Downloaded on 26 May 2016.
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