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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: 2011
Date Assessed: 2011-06-30
Assessor(s): Flores, D. & Teta, P.
Reviewer(s): Martin, G.M. & Chiozza, F.
Justification:
This species is listed as Least Concern in 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.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in southern Central and northern Argentina (Teta et al. 2009).
Countries:
Native:
Argentina
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Population [top]

Population: Little is known of populations of this species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:

T. pulchellus is endemic to the Dry Chaco eco-region of central and nothern Argentina, with a mixture of grasslands and xerophytic woodlands. Their distributional boundaries are unclear at the southern and eastern bondaries.

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 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 of this species.

Citation: Flores, D. & Teta, P. 2011. Thylamys pulchellus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 18 December 2014.
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