Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae

Scientific Name: Calomys lepidus
Species Authority: (Thomas, 1884)
Common Name(s):
English Andean Vesper Mouse, Graceful Laucha

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Dunnum, J., Vargas, J., Bernal, N., Zeballos, H., Vivar, E., Patterson, B., Jayat, J.P. & Teta, P.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, it occurs in a number of protected areas, has a tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in the Altiplano of central Peru, through western Bolivia, to northeast Chile and northwest Argentina (Jujuy, Salta and Tucuman Provinces) (Díaz, 1999; Ortiz et al., 2000; Musser and Carleton, 2005). It has an altitudinal range of 2,600 to 5,000 m.
Countries occurrence:
Argentina; Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Chile; Peru
Lower elevation limit (metres): 2600
Upper elevation limit (metres): 5000
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Population [top]

Population: It is a very common species.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This is a species of the high-altitude grasslands; it can be found in stone walls and rocky areas.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is present in several protected areas.

Citation: Dunnum, J., Vargas, J., Bernal, N., Zeballos, H., Vivar, E., Patterson, B., Jayat, J.P. & Teta, P. 2008. Calomys lepidus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T3614A9984430. . Downloaded on 09 October 2015.
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