Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Caviidae

Scientific Name: Dolichotis salinicola
Species Authority: Burmeister, 1876
Common Name(s):
Spanish Conejo Del Palo
English Dwarf Patagonian Cavy, Dwarf Mara, Dwarf Patagonian Hare, Chacoan Mara
Taxonomic Notes: This species was formerly included in Pediolagus.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Dunnum, J., Vargas, J., Bernal, N., Pardinas, U. & Ojeda, R.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/near threatened (LR/nt)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in the Chaco of Paraguay, northwest Argentina as far south as Cordoba Province, and extreme south Bolivia (Woods and Kilpatrick, 2005). It occurs at elevations around 400 m asl in Bolivia.
Countries occurrence:
Argentina; Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Paraguay
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Population [top]

Population: It is common where it is found. The home range varies from 33.3 to 197.5 ha, with a mean of 97.9 ha (Taber, 1987).
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This rodent occurs in the arid Chaco, and is typically found in dry, low, flat thorn scrub. It probably can be found in both primary and secondary habitat. It digs large burrows, conspicuous by the extensive piles of dirt outside the entrances. Females have been caught with one and two embryos. In captivity its gestation period is 77 days; the litter size averages 1.5 (range 1 to 3) (Mares et al., 1981; Wilson and Kleiman, 1974).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is probably present in some protected areas in Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay.

Citation: Dunnum, J., Vargas, J., Bernal, N., Pardinas, U. & Ojeda, R. 2008. Dolichotis salinicola. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T6786A12806101. . Downloaded on 04 October 2015.
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