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Ctenomys leucodon

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA CTENOMYIDAE

Scientific Name: Ctenomys leucodon
Species Authority: Waterhouse, 1848
Common Name(s):
English White-toothed Tuco-tuco

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., Zeballos, H. & 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 although it has a relatively restricted range, it can be found within agricultural habitats and 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 west Bolivia and eastern Peru around Lake Titicaca (Woods and Kilpatrick, 2005). It occurs between 3,800 and 4,500 m asl.
Countries:
Native:
Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Peru
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Population [top]

Population: It is a patchily distributed species that is locally common where it is found. In Peru it is the rarest of the Ctenomys species, occurring in a restricted area. (Cook and Yates, 1994).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is found in Altiplano open grasslands, in both primary habitat and areas disturbed by grazing. It is a fossorial, herbivorous species that uses underground tubers and roots. Colonies are found in areas with friable soils.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species. The species is locally threatened at some sites through persecution as a pest of grazing land, although the degree of threat from these measures is not known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known to occur in any protected areas in Bolivia; in Peru it is present in the Zona Reservada Aymara Lupaca. Further research is needed into the impacts of the persecution of this species.

Citation: Dunnum, J., Bernal, N., Zeballos, H. & Vivar, E. 2008. Ctenomys leucodon. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 01 September 2014.
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