Scolomys melanops 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae

Scientific Name: Scolomys melanops Anthony, 1924
Common Name(s):
English South American Spiny Mouse
Taxonomic Notes: Will be transferred to family Cricetidae.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-09-07
Assessor(s): Anderson, R.P., Gómez-Laverde, M. & Tirira, D.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
This species is listed as Least Concern due to its large distribution, presence in many protected areas, and tolerance of some degree to habitat disturbance.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs in the eastern slopes of the Andes of Ecuador and to near Iquitos in Amazonian Peru (Gómez-Laverde et al. 2004). The distributional range was increased in recent years. This species occurs from 200 to 1,200 m.
Countries occurrence:
Ecuador; Peru
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):200
Upper elevation limit (metres):1200
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:This species is not rare, there are several recent specimens.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is found in lowland and piedmont rainforest. It is found in disturbed and primary forest. This species is a forest specialist.
Generation Length (years):1-2

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Some populations are threatened by general deforestation in the Amazon region (R.P. Anderson pers. comm.).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in several protected areas in Ecuador, and elsewhere in its range.

Errata [top]

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

Citation: Anderson, R.P., Gómez-Laverde, M. & Tirira, D. 2016. Scolomys melanops (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T20036A115156404. . Downloaded on 21 April 2018.
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