Peromyscus mekisturus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae

Scientific Name: Peromyscus mekisturus Merriam, 1898
Common Name(s):
English Puebla Deer Mouse
Taxonomic Source(s): Castaneda-Rico, S., Leon Paniagua, L., Vasquez-Dominguez, E. and Navarro-Siguenza, A.G. 2014. Evolutionary diversification and speciation in rodents of the Mexican lowlands: The Peromyscus melanophrys species group. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 70: 454-463.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct) B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Álvarez-Castañeda, S.T. & Castro-Arellano, I.
Reviewer(s): McKnight, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)
Listed as Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct), but it may actually be extinct. This species is only known from two specimens, the last of which was recorded over 60 years ago. Based on these known locations, the extent of occurrence is likely less than 100 km2, is severely fragmented, and the area is experiencing severe habitat loss due to agricultural activities in the region.
Date last seen: before 1948
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Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs in south-east Puebla, México (Musser and Carleton 2005). This species is only known from two specimens: the type locality of Ciudad Serdan and a single skin from Tehuacan at 1,700 m (Hall 1981).
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Population [top]

Population:No population information could be found. Only two specimens are known. The last specimen was seen 60 years ago.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
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Population severely fragmented:Yes

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is poorly known. This area was originally characterized by arid shrubland. This species is thought be specific to one vegetation type.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The area where the species is found is experiencing loss of native vegetation due to agricultural conversion.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known whether this species occurs within a protected area.

Citation: Álvarez-Castañeda, S.T. & Castro-Arellano, I. 2008. Peromyscus mekisturus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T16675A6274982. . Downloaded on 17 August 2018.
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