Akodon mollis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Akodon mollis
Species Authority: Thomas, 1894
Common Name(s):
English Soft Grass Mouse
Taxonomic Notes: This is considered to be a species complex which requires further taxonomic investigation.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Zeballos, H., Vivar, E. & Pacheco, V.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, it occurs in a number of protected areas, has a tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category. However, it is a species complex and as further taxonomic research takes place, some threatened species from this complex may be identified.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in the Pacific lowlands and adjoining montane regions of north Ecuador to west central Peru (Musser and Carleton, 2005). It occurs from close to sea level to around 3,600 m. In Ecuador it has an altitudinal range of 2,200 to 4,160 m (Tirira, in prep.).
Ecuador; Peru
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Population [top]

Population: It is the most common mouse in many places of its geographical range (Barnett, 1999). It is generally rarer in lowland areas, such as at the coast.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found in a wide variety of humid and dry grassland and shrubland habitats. It can be found in secondary habitats, and has been recorded from traditionally cultivated areas.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is present in several protected areas in Ecuador; and three in Peru. Further taxonomic research is needed for this species complex.

Citation: Zeballos, H., Vivar, E. & Pacheco, V. 2008. Akodon mollis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 30 March 2015.
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