Cuniculus taczanowskii 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cuniculidae

Scientific Name: Cuniculus taczanowskii
Species Authority: (Stolzmann, 1865)
Common Name(s):
English Mountain Paca
Agouti taczanowskii (Stolzmann, 1865)
Taxonomic Notes: Previously as Agouti taczanowskii. May be conspecific with Cunuculus sierrae analysis of morphological and molecular data is necessary to determine this (Voss 2003).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Tirira, D., Boada, C. & Vargas, J.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Near Threatened because it 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 under criterion A2c.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/near threatened (LR/nt)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in mountains of Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and northwest Venezuela (Woods and Kilpatrick, 2005). It is found in several departments in the Andes region of Colombia from 1,500-3,700 m asl (Alberico et al., 2000). There is one record from San Juanito (14°48'16"S, 68°44'8"W) Bolivia (Ríos-Uzeda et al. 2004).
Countries occurrence:
Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Colombia; Ecuador; Peru; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
Lower elevation limit (metres): 1500
Upper elevation limit (metres): 3700
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Population [top]

Population: It is rare (Lord, 1999; Tirira, in prep.).
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found in mountain forests of the Andes. Its diet is unknown (Lord, 1999). Little is known of the behavior of this species, but it is probably similar to Cuniculus paca. The record and observations in Bolivia are from montane forest in Yungas (Ríos-Uzeda et al., 2004).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threats to this species are habitat destruction and fragmentation (D. Tirira pers. comm.). This species is considered an agricultural pest and is hunted for its meat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is found in several protected areas.

Citation: Tirira, D., Boada, C. & Vargas, J. 2008. Cuniculus taczanowskii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T700A13068477. . Downloaded on 25 November 2015.
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