Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Echimyidae

Scientific Name: Proechimys trinitatus
Species Authority: (J.A. Allen & Chapman, 1893)
Common Name(s):
English Trinidad Spiny Rat
Proechimys trinitatis (J.A. Allen & Chapman, 1893)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): McKnight, M. & Emmons, L.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is considered to be Data Deficient due to the absence of any recent information on the status of the species on the island of Trinidad. This species was previously listed as Least Concern based on information which is currently outdated. It is suspected that the species may be threatened, however, to what degree and from what pressures are unclear. This species needs current research and surveys to determine its current distribution, status and threats prior to be assessed.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in Trinidad (Woods and Kilpatrick 2005).
Countries occurrence:
Trinidad and Tobago
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Population [top]

Population: There is no recent information regarding the population status of this species; it was abundant in appropriate habitat in the 1970s (Everard and Tikasingh 1973).
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found in seasonal marsh forests. It is nocturnal, terrestrial, and solitary. It feeds on seeds, fruit, and a few leaves and insects.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Major threats to the species are unknown.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are protected areas within its range. More research is needed into its extent of occurrence and the population status of this species.

Citation: McKnight, M. & Emmons, L. 2008. Proechimys trinitatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T18301A8026275. . Downloaded on 08 October 2015.
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