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)
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 occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: There is no information on population or abundance. It is known from only three specimens.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

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.

Classifications [top]

1. Forest -> 1.5. Forest - Subtropical/Tropical Dry
suitability: Suitable  
2. Savanna -> 2.1. Savanna - Dry
suitability: Suitable  
0. Root -> 6. Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks)
suitability: Suitable  

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
  Conservation sites identified:Yes, over entire range
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education
5. Biological resource use -> 5.1. Hunting & trapping terrestrial animals -> 5.1.1. Intentional use (species is the target)
♦ timing: Ongoing    
→ Stresses
  • 2. Species Stresses -> 2.1. Species mortality

1. Research -> 1.2. Population size, distribution & trends
1. Research -> 1.3. Life history & ecology
1. Research -> 1.5. Threats

♦  Food - human
 Local : ✓ 

Bibliography [top]

IUCN. 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Available at: (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. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T136222A4261599. . Downloaded on 05 October 2015.
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