Heterogeomys dariensis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Geomyidae

Scientific Name: Heterogeomys dariensis
Species Authority: (Goldman, 1912)
Common Name(s):
English Darien Pocket Gopher
Orthogeomys dariensis (Goldman, 1912)
Taxonomic Source(s): Hafner, M.S. 2015. Family Geomyidae Bonaparte, 1845. In: Patton, J.L., Pardiñas, U.F.J. and D’Elía, G. (eds), Mammals of South America, pp. 49–51. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL.
Taxonomic Notes: Taxonomic work is needed to determine whether or not this species includes O. thaeleri.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Samudio, R. & Pino, J.
Reviewer(s): McKnight, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)
This species is listed as Least Concern since, although its extent of occurrence is probably less than 5,000 km2, it is common and adaptable with a presumed large population, it occurs in protected areas, it does not appear to be under threat and it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
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Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs in eastern Panama (Patton 2005). It occurs from lowlands to 1,300 m (Reid 1997).
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Upper elevation limit (metres):1300
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Population [top]

Population:It is locally abundant (Reid 1997).
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This rodent occurs in evergreen forest, clearings, and agricultural areas. It is active in the early morning, evening, and at night. More mounds are produced in the rainy season than in the dry season (Reid 1997).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species. Members of this genus, however, are often considered agricultural pests and farmers' attempts to eradicate them include trapping and poisoning. Additionally, agricultural herbicides and pesticides may adversely affect the species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in Darien National Park, Panama. Taxonomic work is needed to determine whether or not this species includes O. thaeleri, which if true, would expand its range.

Citation: Samudio, R. & Pino, J. 2008. Heterogeomys dariensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T15547A4781337. . Downloaded on 24 August 2016.
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