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Apodemus speciosus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA MURIDAE

Scientific Name: Apodemus speciosus
Species Authority: (Temminck, 1844)
Common Name(s):
English Large Japanese Field Mouse
Synonym(s):
Micromys speciosus Thomas, 1906 subspecies ainu

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Kaneko, Y. & Ishii, N.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Tsytsulina, K. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern because it is a widespread, common and adaptable species that is not currently experiencing any threats.
History:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to Japan, where it is widespread. It is found on Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku, as well as many smaller islands. These include Kunashir, Rishiri, and Okushiri off of Hokkaido, Notojima, Sado, the Izu Islands (Oshima, Niijima, Shikine, Kozu and Miyake), Toshijima (Mie Prefecture), the Oki Islands (Dogo, Nishino, Nakano and Chiburi), Oshima (Wakayama Prefecture), Awaji, Shodo and Teshima (Kagawa Prefecture); Miyajima, Kurahashi, Nouke, and Eda (Hiroshima Prefecture); Geiyo Islands (Oshima, Hakata, Omi, Ikuchi, Inno, Mukai, Takane and Osaki-Kamishima); Yashiro, Oshima, and Nagashim (Yamaguchi Prefecture); Iki, Hirato, the Goto Islands (Fukue and Nakadori), Tsushima; Otoko (Nagasaki Prefecture); Amakusa Islands (Kami, Shimo, Oyano); Yaku; Tane; Shimokoshiki; Tokara Islands (Kuchinoerabu, Kuchino, Nakano) (Abe, et al., 2005).
Countries:
Native:
Japan; Russian Federation
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Population [top]

Population: It is a very common species.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The species occurs from sea level to montane areas. It is a ground dweller found in forests, grasslands, and cultivated fields (including rice paddies).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species is recorded in numerous protected areas.

Citation: Kaneko, Y. & Ishii, N. 2008. Apodemus speciosus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 27 November 2014.
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