Galea spixii


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Galea spixii
Species Authority: (Wagler, 1831)
Common Name(s):
English Spix's 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): Catzeflis, F., Patton J., Percequillo, A., Bonvicino, C. & Weksler, M.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Least Concern because of its wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in a number of protected areas, tolerance to habitat modification, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs eastern Bolivia to northeastern Brazil (Eisenberg and Redford, 1999; Woods and Kilpatrick, 2005). The type locality is restricted to Lagoa Santa, Minas Gerais State, Brazil (Eisenberg and Redford, 1999).
Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Brazil
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Population [top]

Population: This rodent is extremely abundant throughout its geographic range (Lacher pers. comm.).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species occurs in open areas, in savanna and in the semi arid Caatinga region, in primary and disturbed habitats (Eisenberg and Redford, 1999). It does not have specific habitat requirements; it does not occur in forest (Lacher pers. comm.). In northeastern Brazil, Greater Grisons (Galictis vittata) are major predators of rock cavies.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There is no information on major threats to the species, but it is unlikely that there are any major threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species occurs in protected areas in its range in areas of open habitat.

Citation: Catzeflis, F., Patton J., Percequillo, A., Bonvicino, C. & Weksler, M. 2008. Galea spixii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 26 March 2015.
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