Phyllotis magister 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae

Scientific Name: Phyllotis magister Thomas, 1912
Common Name(s):
English Master Leaf-eared Mouse
Taxonomic Source(s): Steppan, S.J. and Ramirez, O. 2015. Genus Phyllotis Waterhouse, 1837. In: J.L., Patton, U.F.J., Pardiñas and G., D’Elía (eds), Mammals of South America, pp. 535-555. The University of Chicago Press.
Taxonomic Notes: This species needs further taxonomic revision (H. Zeballos pers. comm). This species is monotypic (Steppan and Ramirez 2015).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-06-07
Assessor(s): Zeballos, H., Vivar, E. & D'Elia, G.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in a number of protected areas, 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:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is distributed from west-central Peru to northern Chile on the western slope of the Andes. The northern limit appears to be Pacomanta, near Huarochiri, in Lima department (Arana- Cardó and Ascorra 1994), while the southern limit is the basin of the Río Loa near Calama, Antofagasta, Chile (Spotorno et al. 1998). It has been collected from sea level near the mouths of rivers draining the high elevations, but the normal habitat is between 2,300 and 4,000 m (Steppan and Ramirez 2015).
Countries occurrence:
Chile; Peru
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):2300
Upper elevation limit (metres):4000
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

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).
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This omnivorous species inhabits brushy zones on the Pacific slope of the Andes. 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. It is tolerant to water deprivation.
Generation Length (years):1-2

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.

Errata [top]

Errata reason: This errata assessment has been created because the map was accidentally left out of the version published previously.

Citation: Zeballos, H., Vivar, E. & D'Elia, G. 2016. Phyllotis magister (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T17228A115140397. . Downloaded on 23 April 2018.
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