Orthogeomys matagalpae


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Orthogeomys matagalpae
Species Authority: (J.A. Allen, 1910)
Common Name(s):
English Nicaraguan Pocket Gopher

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): McCarthy, T. & Woodman, N.
Reviewer(s): McKnight, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)
Listed as Least Concern because, although the range of the species is relatively small, it is locally common, and its numbers are likely increasing with the agricultural expansion taking place.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in Nicaragua and Honduras (Patton 2005). It occurs from lowlands to 1,000 m (Reid 1997). Species found at the Mombacho Volcano protected area in southern Nicaragua.
Honduras; Nicaragua
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Population [top]

Population: It is apparently locally common (Reid 1997).
Population Trend: Increasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is poorly known, but it is presumably similar to other gophers (Reid 1997).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species. Members of this genus, however, are often considered agricultural pests and farmers' attempts to eradicate them include trapping and poisoning. Additionally, agricultural herbicides and pesticides may adversely affect the species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Found at the Mombacho Volcano protected area in southern Nicaragua.

Citation: McCarthy, T. & Woodman, N. 2008. Orthogeomys matagalpae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 27 March 2015.
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