Sigmodon alstoni 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae

Scientific Name: Sigmodon alstoni (Thomas, 1881)
Common Name(s):
English Alston's Cotton Rat
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: 2016-08-12
Assessor(s): Patton, J., Weksler, M., Delgado, C., Rivas B. & Aguillera, M.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, it occurs in a number of 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:This species is intermittently distributed in savannas over northeast Colombia, north and east Venezuela, Guyana, Surinam, and north Brazil (regional aspects of range amplified by Husson, 1978; Linares, 1998; and Voss, 1992) (Musser and Carleton, 2005). One peripheral record is present in Antioquia Colombia (C. Delgado pers. comm.).
Countries occurrence:
Brazil; Colombia; Guyana; Suriname; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
Additional data:
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:It is common species (Lord, 1999).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This rat is mainly active during the day but may also be active at night if population is high. It is found in grassland or brushland at lower elevation, usually in dry regions. It feeds on green plant material, fungi, some seeds, and insects. Its nests are usually built under cover of logs, rocks, or dense clumps of grass. Occasionally, short burrows dug by other mammals are used as nest sites (Lord, 1999).
Generation Length (years):1-2

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There does not appear to be any major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in a several protected areas throughout 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: Patton, J., Weksler, M., Delgado, C., Rivas B. & Aguillera, M. 2016. Sigmodon alstoni (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T20210A115157557. . Downloaded on 18 June 2018.
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