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Ctenomys frater

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA CTENOMYIDAE

Scientific Name: Ctenomys frater
Species Authority: Thomas, 1902
Common Name/s:
English Forest Tuco-tuco
Taxonomic Notes: Woods (1993) included barbarus, budini, and utibilis but see Galliari et al. (1996). Argentine populations previously recognized as frater are here recognized as budini or sylvanus. It is closely related to lewisi (Cook et al. 1990, Cook and Yates 1994, Lessa and Cook 1998). Karyotype has 2n = 52 and FN = 78 (Cook et al. 1990).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor/s: Dunnum, J., Bernal, N. & Vivar, E.
Reviewer/s: Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
This species is listed as Least Concern as it is locally common within its distribution, its presumed large population, it is very adaptable to habitat modification, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in southwest Bolivia (Woods and Kilpatrick, 2005). There is an isolated locality where 3 individuals were recorded from around 4,300 m asl outside of the city of Potosi (Anderson, 1997). It has an altitudinal range of 600 to 4,300 m.
Countries:
Native:
Bolivia, Plurinational States of
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Population [top]

Population: It is patchily distributed due to habitat, but locally abundant.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a fossorial, herbivorous species that feeds on underground tubers and roots. Colonies are found in areas with friable soils, not prone to flooding. It is found in both primary and secondary habitat as well as disturbed and undisturbed areas (Cook et al., 1990).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There does not appear to be any major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: In Bolivia, the species potentially occurs within Tariquia National Fauna and Flora Reserve and Aguaragua National Park, which are within its known distribution and contain appropriate habitat.
Citation: Dunnum, J., Bernal, N. & Vivar, E. 2008. Ctenomys frater. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 17 April 2014.
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