Notocitellus adocetus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Sciuridae

Scientific Name: Notocitellus adocetus
Species Authority: Merriam, 1903
Common Name(s):
English Lesser Tropical Ground Squirel, Tropical Ground Squirrel
Spanish Ardilla terrestre, Ardillón del Balsas
Spermophilus adocetus (Merriam, 1903)
Taxonomic Source(s): Helgen, K.M., Cole, F.R.,Helgen, L.E. and Wilson, D.E. 2009. Generic Revision in the Holarctic Ground Squirrel Genus Spermophilus. Journal of Mammalogy 90(2): 270-305.
Taxonomic Notes: Generic synonyms are Callospermophilus, Citellus, Otospermophilus.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): de Grammont, P.C. & Cuarón, A.
Reviewer(s): McKnight, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)
This species is listed as Least Concern in because of its wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in a number of protected areas, tolerance to some degree of habitat modification, 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 occurs in eastern Jalisco, Michoacan, and Mexico, and Guerrero, Mexico (Thorington and Hoffmann 2005).
Countries occurrence:
Mexico (Guerrero, Jalisco, Michoacán)
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Population [top]

Population:This species is common in suitable areas (Best 1995). Its population size varies from year to year and among seasons (Villa-R. 1943 in Best 1995).
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species lives in areas with xerophytic vegetation, in rocks areas along canyon sides, around stone walls and corrals near ranches, and in agricultural areas.

It uses burrows that are made in open ground at the base of a tree or bush, in rocky areas along small ravines, or under mesquite. This species is an omnivore, and the dried and black seeds of Crescentia are an important part of its diet, as well as the fruits of plum trees.This species may cause significant damage to cultivated crops, such as corn, beans, and sorghum. It is possible that this species has spread its range into the more arid habitats of the Mexican Plateau because of the large areas under cultivation (Best 1995).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no known major threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no specific conservation measures in place for this species. It is found in Pico Tancitaro National Park and a protected area near Infiernillo, Michoacan.

Citation: de Grammont, P.C. & Cuarón, A. 2008. Notocitellus adocetus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T20477A9205232. . Downloaded on 31 August 2016.
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