Rhizomys sinensis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Spalacidae

Scientific Name: Rhizomys sinensis Gray, 1831
Common Name(s):
English Chinese Bamboo Rat
Taxonomic Notes: This is generally considered to be a species complex, which possibly contains a number of restricted range species (K. Aplin, D. Lunde and G. Musser pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-08-27
Assessor(s): Lunde, D., Aplin, K. & Musser, G.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Listed as Least Concern because it is very widespread, has a presumed large population, and its populations are not declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category. This is a species complex that will need to be reevaluated for conservation status once resolved.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is found in southern China, northern Myanmar, and northern Viet Nam (Thorington and Hoffmann 2005). It may be present in Lao PDR, however, the range in this country needs to be confirmed. Allen (1938) gave the elevational range of this species as 1,219-3,962 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
China (Anhui, Fujian, Gansu, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Yunnan, Zhejiang); Myanmar; Viet Nam
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):1219
Upper elevation limit (metres):3962
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:It is common in some parts of its range, for instance it is considered to be a plantation crop pest species in China (Ken Aplin pers. comm.).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species may be largely confined to the bamboo belt of montane forest (Lunde et al. 2006). It has been recorded from plantations in some parts of its range. It is a burrow-dwelling species (Smith and Xie 2008). Predators include the red panda (MacClintock 1988) and the snow leopard (Johnson et al. 1993). It has moderate tolerance to human disturbance (Lunde et al. 2006).
Generation Length (years):2

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: Hunted for food.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The species is heavily harvested for food in some parts of its range.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in Niumulin, Wuyishan, Nanling, Heishidingkuoyelin, Dayaoshanshuiyuanlin (Guangxi), Daozhendashahe, Xishuizhongyaredaisenlin, Fanjingshan (Guizhou), Maolan, Shennongjia, Houhe, Taoyuandong, Dongdongtinghu (Hunan), Mangshan, Poyanghuhouniao, Yanquan, Taohongling, Jinggangshan, Taibaishan, Foping, Wanglang, Wolong, Jinfoshan, Ailaoshan, Changshanerhai, Tongbiguan, Wawushan, Nandongtihu Shidi and Shuiqin, Xiaoxi, Meihualutiebu, Nanjingnanyaredaiyulin (CSIS 2008), and Jiuzhaigou National Nature Reserves (Liu et al. 2005) and may be present in additional protected areas. Further studies are needed into the distribution, taxonomy, and impacts of exploitation on the population. In China, this species has been regionally Red Listed as Least Concern (Wang and Xie 2004).

Errata [top]

Errata reason: This errata assessment has been created because the map was accidentally left out of the version published previously.

Citation: Lunde, D., Aplin, K. & Musser, G. 2016. Rhizomys sinensis (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T19646A115152572. . Downloaded on 20 September 2018.
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