Ctenomys peruanus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Ctenomyidae

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

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Zeballos, H. & Vivar, E.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
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:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

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:
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: 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.
Systems: Terrestrial

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. 2008. Ctenomys peruanus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T5821A11747891. . Downloaded on 25 May 2016.
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