Orthogeomys underwoodi


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Orthogeomys underwoodi
Species Authority: (Osgood, 1931)
Common Name(s):
English Underwood's 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. & Reid, F.
Reviewer(s): McKnight, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)
Although its extent of occurrence is probably less than 10,000 km2, this species is listed as Least Concern in view of its range expansion, presumed large population, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, occurrence in a number of protected areas, and because it does not appear to be under threat and is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica (Patton, 2005) and on the Pacific coast of Panama. It occurs from lowlands to 1,450 m (Hafner and Hafner 1987).
Costa Rica; Panama
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Population [top]

Population: This species is locally common (Reid 1997). Range is expanding,
Population Trend: Increasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is poorly known. It occurs in semideciduous forest, clearings, coastal, and agricultural areas (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 in Carara, Manuel Antonio and Corcovado protected areas in Costa Rica, and in the Chorrogo national park in Panama.

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