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Pseudomys apodemoides

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA MURIDAE

Scientific Name: Pseudomys apodemoides
Species Authority: Finlayson, 1932
Common Name/s:
English Silky Mouse

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor/s: Menkhorst, P. & van Weenen, J.
Reviewer/s: Lamoreux, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern because it is relatively widespread, common (although fluctuating), lacks major threats, and it is not declining at the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to Australia, where it is distributed in western Victoria and south-eastern South Australia. It is known from very low elevations.
Countries:
Native:
Australia
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Population [top]

Population: It is a common species within its limited habitat (Cockburn and Menkhorst 2008). Its range in South Australia is highly fragmented. Populations of this species fluctuate.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is found in dry semi-arid heathland with a high diversity of plant species. Animals live in burrows at the base of shrubs (Cockburn and Menkhorst 2008). In favourable conditions, the females may give birth to successive litters of two to five young (Cockburn and Menkhorst 2008). It does not live in agricultural areas.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species. Inappropriate fire management adversely affects the species, and introduced cats and foxes can be a threat locally. Populations of this species fluctuate, but this is not seen as a major threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in numerous protected areas in both Victoria and South Australia.
Citation: Menkhorst, P. & van Weenen, J. 2008. Pseudomys apodemoides. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 April 2014.
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