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Ctenomys porteousi

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA CTENOMYIDAE

Scientific Name: Ctenomys porteousi
Species Authority: Thomas, 1916
Common Name/s:
English Porteous's Tuco-tuco

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor/s: Bidau, C., Lessa, E. & Ojeda, R.
Reviewer/s: Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
Listed as Near Threatened because this species is probably in significant decline (but probably at a rate of less than 30% over ten years) because of widespread habitat loss through much of its range, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable. In the future this species will likely qualify for Vulnerable under B1ab+2ab. Further research is needed to better understand the impacts of habitat conversions on population decline.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in eastern Argentina in Buenos Aires and La Pampa Provinces (Woods and Kilpatrick, 2005).
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Countries:
Native:
Argentina
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Population [top]

Population: C. porteousi is relatively common where the species persists (Bidau pers. comm.).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Pampas grasslands were the original habitat of this species but due to changes in land use it is mostly found at the edges of the fields.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Is found only at the edges of the fields (Bidau pers. comm.). Throughout the range, almost the entire habitat has been converted to wheat, sunflower, and other crops.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There is no information available about any conservation measures being made to protect this species. Further research is necessary to clarify the true status of this species.
Citation: Bidau, C., Lessa, E. & Ojeda, R. 2008. Ctenomys porteousi. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 April 2014.
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