Echimys saturnus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Echimys saturnus
Species Authority: Thomas, 1928
Common Name(s):
English Dark Spiny Tree-rat, Dark Tree Rat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Tirira, D. & Solari, S.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Data Deficient in view of the absence of recent information on its threats and conservation status.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: E. saturnus is known from a few scattered localities in eastern Ecuador and central Peru, in the upper Marañon River (Iack-Ximenes et al., 2005) to at least 1,000 m asl (Woods and Kilpatrick, 2005).
Ecuador; Peru
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Population [top]

Population: It is rare, and known from fewer than 10 individuals, from a small geographic range (Emmons and Feer, 1997).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This rodent is nocturnal, and arboreal. It nests in hollow trees. The females appear to bear only one or two young. It is found in premontane and lowland rainforest (Eisenberg and Redford, 1999; Emmons and Feer, 1997).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threats to this species are deforestation and habitat fragmentation.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This rodent occurs in two protected areas in Ecuador.

Citation: Tirira, D. & Solari, S. 2008. Echimys saturnus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 27 August 2015.
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