Akodon mimus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Akodon mimus
Species Authority: (Thomas, 1901)
Common Name(s):
English Thespian Grass Mouse
Taxonomic Notes: This species was previously included in the genus Microxus.

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 has an extent of occurrence of less than 50,000 km², it is somewhat adaptable and is not declining at a rate fast enough to qualify as threatened.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in the upper east Andean slopes, about 2,000-3,700 m, from southeast Peru (Puno Department; Patton and Smith, 1992) to west central Bolivia (Cochabamba Department; Anderson, 1997) (Musser and Carleton, 2005).
Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Peru
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Population [top]

Population: It is generally a very common species in Bolivia; it is poorly known in Peru.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is present in humid parts of primary Yungas habitat (Anderson, 1997), and also in areas modified for agriculture such as potato crops and pastoral areas with sheep. It is an omnivorous species, but feeds a lot on invertebrates (Vargas et al., in preparation).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this adaptable species in Bolivia. The threats to the species in Peru are poorly known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has been recorded from at least four protected areas in Bolivia. Further research is needed into the status of this species in Peru.

Citation: Dunnum, J., Vargas, J., Bernal, N., Pacheco, V., Zeballos, H. & Vivar, E. 2008. Akodon mimus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 29 August 2015.
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