Akodon lutescens 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae

Scientific Name: Akodon lutescens J.A. Allen, 1901
Common Name(s):
English Altiplano Grass Mouse, Altiplano Akodont
Akodon puer Thomas, 1902
Taxonomic Notes:

This species needs further taxonomic review (N. Bernal pers. comm.). Formerly assessed for the Red List as A. puer in Muridae. Subgenus Akodon, A. boliviensis species group (Myers et al. 1990). In that revision of the boliviensis group, Myers et al. (1990) referred lutescens, classified as a subspecies of A. andinus by Cabrera (1961) to subspecies of A. puer.  Some years after Anderson (1997) indicated that lutescens has priority over puer.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-09-01
Assessor(s): Dunnum, J., Vargas, J., Bernal, N., Zeballos, H., Vivar, E., Patterson, B., Jayat, J. & D'elia, G.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:

This species occurs in the Altiplano and eastern Andean slope from Puno Department of Peru to Chuquisaca Department in Bolivia (Patton et al. 2015). It is found from 1,130 to 4,360 m.

Countries occurrence:
Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Peru
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):1130
Upper elevation limit (metres):4360
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Population [top]

Population:This is an abundant species, however, there is no information available on the population of this species.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is found in open grassland, disturbed sites, cultivated areas and in Yungas between in foggy grasslands (J.P. Jayat, pers. comm.).
Generation Length (years):1-2

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species, however, populations associated with Yungas forest are threatened by deforestation and agricultural activities.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

It is present in at least two protected areas in Peru. Further natural history research is needed into this species.

Citation: Dunnum, J., Vargas, J., Bernal, N., Zeballos, H., Vivar, E., Patterson, B., Jayat, J. & D'elia, G. 2016. Akodon lutescens. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T753A22381474. . Downloaded on 25 September 2017.
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