Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Ctenomyidae

Scientific Name: Ctenomys steinbachi
Species Authority: Thomas, 1907
Common Name(s):
English Steinbach's 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.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Least Concern as it is common within its restricted 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.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to western Santa Cruz Department of Bolivia (Woods and Kilpatrick, 2005). It is present between around 400 to 500 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Bolivia, Plurinational States of
Lower elevation limit (metres): 400
Upper elevation limit (metres): 500
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Population [top]

Population: It is a common species where it occurs.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a fossorial, herbivorous species that forages on underground tubers and roots. Colonies are found in areas with friable, not often flooded, soils. It has been recorded from open savanna areas that have been disturbed by sugarcane plantations, cattle grazing and other agricultural activities. Opening up of savanna habitats seems to be generally beneficial to this species.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has not been recorded from any protected areas.

Citation: Dunnum, J. & Bernal, N. 2008. Ctenomys steinbachi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T5827A11759716. . Downloaded on 10 October 2015.
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