Proechimys canicollis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Proechimys canicollis
Species Authority: (J.A. Allen, 1899)
Common Name(s):
English Colombian Spiny Rat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Gómez-Laverde, M. & Aguillera, M.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Least Concern in because of its wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in a number of protected areas, tolerance to habitat modification, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in the northwest Venezuela and north central Colombia, around the foothills of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (Aguillera 1979; Woods and Kilpatrick, 2005). It is a lowland species; it is found from sea level to 300 m asl.
Colombia; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: It is an abundant species (M. Gómez-Laverde pers. comm.).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This spiny rat is found in deciduous forest or on forest edge. This rat is nocturnal, terrestrial and solitary. It feeds on seeds, fruit, fungi, and a few leaves and insects. It is tolerant to habitat degradation.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species (M. Gómez-Laverde pers. comm.).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in several protected areas. No conservation measures are needed for this species.

Citation: Gómez-Laverde, M. & Aguillera, M. 2008. Proechimys canicollis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 02 September 2015.
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