Phyllotis magister


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Phyllotis magister
Species Authority: Thomas, 1912
Common Name(s):
English Master Leaf-eared Mouse
Taxonomic Notes: This species needs further taxonomic revision (H. Zeballos pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Zeballos, H., Vivar, E. & D'Elia, G.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
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

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in the upper Pacific slopes of Andes from central Peru (Arana-Cardó and Ascorra, 1994) to north Chile (Musser and Carleton, 2005). It occurs from 2,000 to at least 3,800 m.
Chile; Peru
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Population [top]

Population: It is a common species. Densities of 2.06 per hectare have been recorded in mountain scrub of Peru (Eisenberg and Redford, 1999).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is found in rocky areas, shrubland, riverine areas, Polylepis forest and cultivated areas. It has been trapped among rocks, in stone walls, and along the banks of small streams.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has been recorded from three protected areas in Peru.

Citation: Zeballos, H., Vivar, E. & D'Elia, G. 2008. Phyllotis magister. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 29 March 2015.
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