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Necromys obscurus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA CRICETIDAE

Scientific Name: Necromys obscurus
Species Authority: (Waterhouse, 1837)
Common Name/s:
English Dark Bolo Mouse
Synonym/s:
Bolomys obscurus (Waterhouse, 1837)
Taxonomic Notes: Two subspecies are recognized.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor/s: D'elia, G., Pardinas, U., Jayat, J.P., Teta, P. & Patterson., B.
Reviewer/s: Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
This species is listed as Near Threatened as it has a restricted range (30,000 km²) within which it occurs in small isolated fragments of remaining habitat. Although it is relatively abundant where it is found within its fragmented range, the species is in a decline due to deterioration of the extent and quality of its habitat, however, it is not currently declining at a rate to qualify as threatened under criterion A.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in isolated populations along coastal areas of southern Uruguay (ssp. obscurus) and Buenos Aires Province, east-central Argentina (ssp. scagliarum). (Musser and Carleton 2005).
Countries:
Native:
Argentina; Uruguay
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Population [top]

Population: The populations are very fragmented and restricted, however, where they occur they could be considered common.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species occurs at the edge of marshes and meadows (Gonzalez 2001).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Agricultural activities affect the survival of the species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in at least one protected area.
Citation: D'elia, G., Pardinas, U., Jayat, J.P., Teta, P. & Patterson., B. 2008. Necromys obscurus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 18 April 2014.
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