Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae

Scientific Name: Oxymycterus hiska
Species Authority: Hinojosa, Anderson & Patton, 1987
Common Name(s):
English Small Hocicudo

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Dunnum, J., Vargas, J., Bernal, N., Zeballos, H. & Vivar, E.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, it occurs in a number of protected areas, has a tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Vulnerable (VU)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs on the eastern slopes of the Andes in southeast Peru and northwest Bolivia (La Paz and Cochabamba Departments), it has an altitudinal range of 610 to 3,500 m (Musser and Carleton, 2005).
Countries occurrence:
Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Peru
Lower elevation limit (metres): 610
Upper elevation limit (metres): 3500
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Population [top]

Population: It is a rare species in Peru, but is more common in Bolivia.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is nocturnal, diurnal, and terrestrial. It is present in primary and secondary Polylepis woodland and humid montane forest. It may be present in cultivated areas, although this requires verification. It feeds mainly on insects and other invertebrates and may use its long claws to dig these from the litter.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species. It is somewhat adaptable to habitat disturbance.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is present in at least three protected areas.

Citation: Dunnum, J., Vargas, J., Bernal, N., Zeballos, H. & Vivar, E. 2008. Oxymycterus hiska. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T15793A5175606. . Downloaded on 13 October 2015.
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