Galea flavidens 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Caviidae

Scientific Name: Galea flavidens
Species Authority: (Brandt, 1835)
Common Name(s):
English Yellow-toothed Cavy

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Weksler, M. & Bonvicino, C.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is Least Concern, although it has not often been recorded across its range, known locations are widespread, and its habitat is currently not threatened, and hence there is no reason to assume there is a population decline occurring at a rate qualifying it for listing in a threatened category. Further studies are needed into the taxonomy, distribution, habitat preference, threats and whether the species is patchily distributed.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to Brazil. It has been rarely recorded across its known range, which is estimated on known localities. The type locality possibly is Minas Gerais, Brazil (Eisenberg and Redford, 1999). It is found at least up to 1,700 m asl (Bonvicino et al., 2005).
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: There is no information on population trends or abundance. The species has been collected rarely as there is a potential problem with the trapping techniques used in surveys undertaken so far (Weksler pers. comm.).
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Its habitat and ecology is poorly known. It is found in Savannah scrub and may require specific habitats, such as Cerrado Rupestre. Further studies are required to determine whether the species occurs in other habitats. It is found in rocky outcrops at higher elevations and on plateaus. Available habitats are patchy (Weklser pers. comm.).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to the species at this time. The species' specific habitat is not highly threatened (although fires may affect some areas); however, surrounding areas are heavily used (Lacher pers. comm.).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This rodent has been collected in Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park. Additional research is needed to determine the range, population status, ecology and threats to this species.

Citation: Weksler, M. & Bonvicino, C. 2008. Galea flavidens. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T8823A12934467. . Downloaded on 26 May 2016.
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