Octodontomys gliroides


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Octodontomys gliroides
Species Authority: (Gervais & d'Orbigny, 1844)
Common Name(s):
English Mountain Degu

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Tirira, D., Boada, C., Weksler, M., Anderson, R.P. & Gómez-Laverde, M.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Least Concern because of its wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in a number of protected areas, tolerance to some degree of habitat modification, 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 occurs in the Andes of northern Chile, through east-central and southeast Bolivia, and northwest Argentina. The species may be absent from some higher elevation areas in the middle of the range. It is found from 2,000 and 5,000 m asl.
Argentina; Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Chile
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Population [top]

Population: The species is very common in appropriate habitat.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is found in xeric conditions, such as Puna, including a wide variety of habitats with appropriate rocky hiding places. It is scansorial, makes superficial burrows and feeds on cacti, (Ojeda pers. comm.).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no known major threats to this species and it can tolerate living in areas of high human population.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is found in some protected areas.

Citation: Tirira, D., Boada, C., Weksler, M., Anderson, R.P. & Gómez-Laverde, M. 2008. Octodontomys gliroides. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 03 September 2015.
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