Peromyscus aztecus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae

Scientific Name: Peromyscus aztecus (Saussure, 1860)
Common Name(s):
English Aztec Mouse
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: 2016-01-31
Assessor(s): Castro-Arellano, I. & Vázquez, E.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, occurrence in a number of protected areas, and because it does not appear to be under threat and 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 has a disjunct range, occurring in humid montane and cloud forests in central Veracruz, central Guerrero, through Oaxaca and east Chiapas, México, to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador (Musser and Carleton 2005). It can be found from 500 to 3,200 m (Carleton 1979, in Reid 1997).
Countries occurrence:
El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Mexico
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):500
Upper elevation limit (metres):3200
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Population [top]

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

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This mouse is found in temperate montane regions. It favours edges and secondary growth of wet highland forest (Reid 1997). It can live in disturbed habitat of coffee and sugar cane plantations (Ceballos and Oliva 2005).

It is largely insectivorous and includes ants, weevils, crickets, and beetles in the diet; a few seeds (Solanum sp. and others), and green plant material are also eaten (Alvarez et al. 1984, in Reid 1997).
Generation Length (years):1-2

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no known major threats. However, deforestation could pose a threat in the future.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no specific conservation measures in place for this species. It occurs in protected areas.

Citation: Castro-Arellano, I. & Vázquez, E. 2016. Peromyscus aztecus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T16651A22361906. . Downloaded on 16 August 2018.
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