Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae

Scientific Name: Akodon orophilus
Species Authority: Osgood, 1913
Common Name(s):
English El Dorado Grass Mouse, Utcubamba Akodont
Taxonomic Notes: There has been some confusion between specimens of A. orophilus and A. mollis. Further taxonomic review of these species is needed as there are three distinct karyotypes (H. Zeballos and E. Vivar pers. comm.). Records of this species from Ecuador (Moreno and Albuja, 2005) are considered to be A. mollis (H. Zeballos and V. Pacheco pers. comm.).

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.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is 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 possibly a species complex and as further taxonomic research takes place, some threatened species from this complex may be identified.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs on the upper east Andean slopes, central Peru (Musser and Carleton, 2005). Barnett (1999) and Moreno and Albuja (2005) recorded this species in Ecuador. It has an altitudinal range of 1,800 to 3,700 m.
Countries occurrence:
Ecuador; Peru
Lower elevation limit (metres): 1800
Upper elevation limit (metres): 3700
Range Map: Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population: It is a common species.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is present in primary and secondary humid montane forest habitats, humid shrubland and grassland. It can be found in modified areas such as traditional cropland.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is present in at least three protected areas. Further studies are needed into the taxonomy of this species.

Citation: Zeballos, H. & Vivar, E. 2008. Akodon orophilus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T752A13074624. . Downloaded on 14 October 2015.
Disclaimer: To make use of this information, please check the <Terms of Use>.
Feedback: If you see any errors or have any questions or suggestions on what is shown on this page, please provide us with feedback so that we can correct or extend the information provided