|Scientific Name:||Galictis cuja|
|Species Authority:||(Molina, 1782)|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Assessor/s:||Reid, F. & Helgen, K.|
|Reviewer/s:||Duckworth, J.W. (Small Carnivore Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)|
This species is listed as Least Concern as it has a wide distribution and there do not appear to be any major threats to the species.
|Range Description:||Galictis cuja occurs in southeastern Peru, western and southern Bolivia, central Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, and east to southeastern Brazil.|
Native:Argentina; Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Brazil; Chile; Paraguay; Peru
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|Population:||Population numbers of this species are unknown.|
|Habitat and Ecology:||
Lesser grison frequently occurs near water (Mares et al., 1989; Pine et al. 1979), may be also abundant in open habitats (Mares et al. 1989), in the extremes of the arid Chaco, in environments with extensive vegetation cover in conjuction with open water, deciduous and evergreen forests, savananas and mountainous regions up to 4,200 m (Yensen and Tarifa, 2003). The species could also be found in the agricultural areas of the pampas (Parera, 2002).
The diet consists primarily on small and medium-sized vertebrates, including rodents, lagomorphs, birds, frogs, lizards snakes and eggs (Jimenez, 1996; Mann, 1945; Quintana et al. 2000).
|Major Threat(s):||Blamed for eating poultry and persecuted for this (Brooks, 1991). Hunted for sport in Paraguay (Brooks, 1991) and high dead rates at highways in Brazil (Vieira, 1996). In some parts of their range they are also sold as pets (De la Rosa and Nocke, 2000).|
|Conservation Actions:||The conservation status of Galictis cuja varies by country (Yensen and Tarifa, 2003).|
|Citation:||Reid, F. & Helgen, K. 2008. Galictis cuja. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 06 December 2013.|
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