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Thylamys pulchellus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Didelphimorphia Didelphidae

Scientific Name: Thylamys pulchellus
Species Authority: (Cabrera, 1934)
Taxonomic Notes: This species was previously considered as T. pusillus. A recent study (Teta et al. 2009) demonstrated genetic and morphological differences with T. pusillus (sensu stricto). Morphological differences with T. pusillus were also discussed by Martin (2008).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-05-05
Assessor(s): Flores, D. & Teta, P.
Reviewer(s): Martin, G.M.
Justification:
This species is confirmed as Least Concern because of its relatively wide distribution, presumed large population (although likely occurrence in few protected areas) 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:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Thylamys pulchellus is endemic of Argentina. It occurs in central and northern Argentina (Martin 2008, Teta et al. 2009), in Dry Chaco ecosystems throughout Santiago del Estero, Chaco, San Juan and Catamarca Provinces (Martin 2008, Astúa 2015).
Countries occurrence:
Native:
Argentina
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Population [top]

Population:Little is known of populations of this species.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Thylamys pulchellus is endemic to the Dry Chaco eco-region of central and nothern Argentina, with a mixture of grasslands and xerophytic woodlands. Its distributional boundaries are unclear, especially north (where T. pusillus lives), and at the southern and eastern boundaries.
Systems:Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to the species, although some populations are declining due to deforestation, conversion of most areas from native grassland, shrubland and xerophytic chacoan forests to agricultural lands.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The range of this species overlaps a few protected areas (e.g., Copo National Park in Argentina). More research is necessary to determine its range, extent of possible threats and habitat use.

Citation: Flores, D. & Teta, P. 2016. Thylamys pulchellus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T199834A22172571. . Downloaded on 08 December 2016.
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