|Scientific Name:||Oryzomys nelsoni Merriam, 1898|
|Taxonomic Notes:||Will be transferred to family Cricetidae.|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Extinct ver 3.1|
|Assessor(s):||Timm, R., Álvarez-Castañeda, S.T. & Lacher, T.|
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.
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|Range Description:||This species is known only from the type locality in Nayarit State, México: María Madre Island (Musser and Carleton 2005).|
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|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).|
|Conservation Actions:||Conservation actions are not applicable to this species as it is already extinct.|
|Citation:||Timm, R., Álvarez-Castañeda, S.T. & Lacher, T. 2017. Oryzomys nelsoni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T15583A22388135.Downloaded on 25 May 2018.|
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