Ctenomys peruanus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Ctenomyidae

Scientific Name: Ctenomys peruanus Sanborn & Pearson, 1947
Common Name(s):
English Peruvian Tuco-tuco

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-06-08
Assessor(s): Zeballos, H. & Vivar, E.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
This species is listed as Least Concern as although it has a relatively restricted range, there appear to be no major threats, it is somewhat adaptable, and it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to the Altiplano of Puno in extreme southern Peru (Woods and Kilpatrick 2005). It has been recorded between elevations of 3,800 and 4,700 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):3800
Upper elevation limit (metres):4700
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Population [top]

Population:This is an uncommon species and it occurs as patchy colonies.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species occurs in areas with open heavily grazed pampa shrub steppe with thorn bushes and sometimes tall grasses (Bidau 2015). It is found in open areas of Altiplano grassland. In occurs in sandy areas in which it constructs burrows. It lives in small colonies of a few animals. It is present in areas used for grazing.
Generation Length (years):2

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: It is sometimes used for traditional medicinal purposes.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species, however, it is sometimes used for traditional medicinal purposes.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is present in the Zona Reservada Aymara Lupaca. Further research is needed into the biology and ecology of this species.

Citation: Zeballos, H. & Vivar, E. 2016. Ctenomys peruanus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T5821A22194718. . Downloaded on 19 August 2018.
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