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Kerodon acrobata

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA CAVIIDAE

Scientific Name: Kerodon acrobata
Species Authority: Moojen, Locks & Langguth, 1997

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor/s: Langguth, A. & Reis, M.
Reviewer/s: Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
This species is listed as Data Deficient as it has only recently been described and is still known only from three specimens. It most likely occurs more widely than is currently known. More information is needed on its range, ecology, threats and population status for an assessment to be made.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in Brazil, in northeastern Goias State and possibly adjacent Tocantins State (Woods and Kilpatrick, 2005).
Countries:
Native:
Brazil
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Population [top]

Population: There is no information on population or abundance. It is known from only three specimens.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This rodent is possibly associated with dry forest and calcareous substrate (Reis, M. pers. comm.). It is restricted to the Brazilian Cerrado (Langguth, A. pers. comm.). Some specimens have been collected from rocky habitats, where it nests in rock crevices; it is vegetarian, feeding primarily on cacti, manioc and leaves (Moojen, et al., 1997). It is reported to be an active and acrobatic animal (Moojen, et al., 1997).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Threats to this species are presently unknown. As a large species, it is possible that it is affected by hunting pressure (Lacher pers. comm.), but this requires confirmation.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in the Terra Ronca State Park. Further research is needed to determine the species' range, population status, ecology and threats.

Bibliography [top]

IUCN. 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Available at: http://www.iucnredlist.org. (Accessed: 5 October 2008).

Moojen, J., Locks, M. and Langguth, A. 1997. A new species of Kerodon Cuvier, 1825 from the State of Goiás, Brazil (Mammalia, Rodentia, Caviidae). Boletim do Museu Nacional Rio de Janeiro Zoologia 377: 1-10.

Woods, C. A. and Kilpatrick, C. W. 2005. Infraorder Hystricognathi. In: D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder (eds), Mammal Species of the World, pp. 1538-1599. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD, USA.

Citation: Langguth, A. & Reis, M. 2008. Kerodon acrobata. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 18 April 2014.
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