Habromys lophurus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Habromys lophurus
Species Authority: (Osgood, 1904)
Common Name(s):
English Crested-tailed Deer Mouse, Crested Tailed Deer Mouse

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Reid, F., Vázquez, E. & Emmons, L.
Reviewer(s): McKnight, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)
Listed as Near Threatened because its extent of occurrence is probably not much greater than 20,000 km2, and the extent and quality of its habitat are declining, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable under criterion B1.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from the highlands of Chiapas, México, to central Guatemala, and northwestern El Salvador (Musser and Carleton 2005). It occurs from 1,950 to 3,110 m (Musser 1969). The species has not been found in El Salvador since the 1960s.
El Salvador; Guatemala; Mexico
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Population [top]

Population: It is uncommon to locally common (Reid 1997).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This rodent occurs in wet montane forest in the pine-oak belt. It favors mature oak forest with numerous epiphytes, mosses, and fallen trees (Reid 1997). It is nocturnal and semiarboreal; it is usually trapped on fallen logs or low branches. Females were nonreproductive in December in Guatemala (Reid 1997).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Deforestation is a threat; the species is limited to high elevation areas that are quickly being degraded.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species occurs in protected areas in Mexico. Research about the species biology and ecology is needed.

Citation: Reid, F., Vázquez, E. & Emmons, L. 2008. Habromys lophurus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 28 February 2015.
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