|Scientific Name:||Oryzomys nelsoni|
|Species Authority:||Merriam, 1898|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Extinct ver 3.1|
|Assessor(s):||Timm, R., Álvarez-Castañeda, S.T. & Lacher, T.|
|Reviewer(s):||McKnight, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)|
This species is listed as Extinct as it has not been found in recent years despite surveys. It was only known from a few records in the marsh areas of the high central part of Maria Madre Island. It was last recorded in 1897.
|Range Description:||This species is known only from the type locality in Nayarit State, México: María Madre Island (Musser and Carleton 2005).|
|Range Map:||Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.|
|Population:||This species is known only by the four specimens of the type series. After extensive trapping that produced only a few specimens, O. nelsoni was believed to be rare (Nelson 1899 in Alvarez-Castañeda and Mendez 2003). More recent trapping in the type locality revealed only Rattus rattus (Wilson 1991 in Alvarez-Castañeda and Mendez 2003), and this species is currently considered extinct (IUCN, 2006).|
|Habitat and Ecology:||
This species occurred in damp areas near springs and close to the summit of Maria Madre. This habitat has abundant herbaceous vegetation in the undergrowth (Alvarez-Castañeda and Mendez 2003).
Nelson’s rice rat may have fed on seeds, fruits, weeds, and occasionally small fish and invertebrates (Alvarez-Castañeda and Mendez 2003).
|Major Threat(s):||The extinction of the species may have been caused by Rattus rattus (Wilson 1991 in Alvarez-Castañeda and Mendez 2003).|
|Citation:||Timm, R., Álvarez-Castañeda, S.T. & Lacher, T. 2008. Oryzomys nelsoni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 17 September 2014.|
|Feedback:||If you see any errors or have any questions or suggestions on what is shown on this page, please fill in the feedback form so that we can correct or extend the information provided|