Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae

Scientific Name: Akodon kofordi
Species Authority: Myers & Patton, 1989
Common Name(s):
English Koford's Grass Mouse, Koford’s Akodont
Taxonomic Notes: This species has been misidentified with A. mimus and A. fumeus in the past.

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., Pacheco, V., Zeballos, H. & Vivar, E.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Least Concern, as although it is known only from a few sites, and although it is seldom recorded, it does not appear to have any major threats, it may range more widely than is currently known, and it does not appear to be declining at a rate fast enough to qualify as threatened.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is found from the Departments of Cusco and Puno, southeast Peru, 2,750 to 2,900 m, through Cochabamba Department, central Bolivia, 1,833-3,700 m (Musser and Carleton, 2005).
Countries occurrence:
Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Peru
Lower elevation limit (metres): 2750
Upper elevation limit (metres): 2900
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Population [top]

Population: It may be a rare species, but it has been misidentified with similar specie (A. mimus and A. fumeus) in the past, therefore the abundance is not well known.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a terrestrial species. This species occupies moist bunch grass and disturbed shrub habitats at the upper edge of the elfin forest. It occurs in primary and secondary upper and lower Yungas forest habitat, Polylepis woodland, and high elevation elfin forest. It is very common along rock walls of old terraces and buildings and in thick clumps of grass and shrubs in the relatively more open and disturbed areas (Myers and Patton, 1989; Salazar-Bravo et al., 2003). It has not been recorded yet from agricultural land.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species, however, in lower parts of its range it appears to be threatened by ongoing general habitat loss through conversion of natural habitat to agricultural land.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is present in several protected areas in Bolivia. Further research is needed into the ecology and distribution of this species, especially with regards to its relationship with other Akodon species.

Citation: Dunnum, J., Vargas, J., Bernal, N., Pacheco, V., Zeballos, H. & Vivar, E. 2008. Akodon kofordi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T739A13072628. . Downloaded on 10 October 2015.
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