Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae

Scientific Name: Reithrodon auritus
Species Authority: (Fischer, 1814)
Common Name(s):
English Bunny Rat
Taxonomic Notes: It is possibly a species complex and needs taxonomic review.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Pardinas, U., Jayat, J.P. & D'Elia, G.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs from Rio Grande do Sul State, in Southern Brazil through Uruguay, Central Argentina, Patagonia to Tierra del Fuego Argentina. This species also occurs in the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas).
Countries occurrence:
Argentina; Chile; Uruguay
Upper elevation limit (metres): 3000
Range Map: Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population: In some areas could be considered rare (Northeast Argentina) but it most part of its range is a common species.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The species occurs from sea level to 3,000 m, pampas and open field habitats and grasslands.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats for this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in protected areas in Argentina.

Citation: Pardinas, U., Jayat, J.P. & D'Elia, G. 2008. Reithrodon auritus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T19399A8875401. . Downloaded on 13 October 2015.
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