Oligoryzomys flavescens 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae

Scientific Name: Oligoryzomys flavescens (Waterhouse, 1837)
Common Name(s):
English Yellow Pygmy Rice Rat
Taxonomic Notes: Will be transferred to family Cricetidae.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-08-04
Assessor(s): Weksler, M., Bonvicino, C.R., D'elia, G., Pardinas, U., Teta, P. & Jayat, J.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
This species is listed as Least Concern in view 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.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs in eastern Paraguay (Bonvicino and Weksler, 1998), southeastern Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul to Bahia), Uruguay, and northern to south-central Argentina; range limits uncertain (Musser and Carleton 2005).
Countries occurrence:
Argentina; Brazil; Paraguay; Uruguay
Additional data:
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:This species is commons in the southern distribution but less common in the north (Weksler pers. comm.).
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This nocturnal species is found in a variety of habitats usually near to water, in Uruguay it is reported from tall grasses in marshlands and in Argentina in brushy arid areas (Eisenberg and Redford, 1999). This species occurs in scrublands and some hilly regions (Gonzalez 2001). It is adaptable to agricultural areas (at least in Argentina) (Weksler pers. comm.). It seems to be primarily herbivorous but occasionally feeds upon invertebrates. Births from spring to autumn with 3-7 (average 5) young per litter (Gonzalez 2001). Reservoir of several hantavirus (central plata and lechiguaras) (D'Elia, G., comm. Pers.)
Generation Length (years):1-2

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats at this time.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in several protected areas.

Errata [top]

Errata reason: This errata assessment has been created because the map was accidentally left out of the version published previously.

Citation: Weksler, M., Bonvicino, C.R., D'elia, G., Pardinas, U., Teta, P. & Jayat, J. 2016. Oligoryzomys flavescens (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T15247A115126612. . Downloaded on 16 October 2018.
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