Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae

Scientific Name: Nephelomys meridensis
Species Authority: (Thomas, 1894)
Taxonomic Notes: Oryzomys is a generic synonym (Weksler et al. 2006). There are some specimens from the Uribante (Tachira) region with a karyology different and may represent a different species (Aguilera et al. 2002).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Aguilera, M., Ochoa, J., Weksler, M. & Rivas, B.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Least Concern because there are no declines in habitat or population due to the fact that it is well protected by national parks.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in Sierra de Mérida, west Venezuela (Musser and Carleton, 2005). This species is found from 1,500 to 3,250 m (Soriano et al., 1998).
Countries occurrence:
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
Lower elevation limit (metres): 1500
Upper elevation limit (metres): 3250
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Population [top]

Population: This species is abundant.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is poorly known. It is terrestrial and solitary. It occurs in cloud forest (Woodman and Pascual, 2004). This species is nocturnal, and omnivorous (M. Aguilera and B. Rivas pers. comm.). This species is a bioindicator of cloud forest conditions.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no current threats because the habitat of this species is well protected by national parks.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in several protected areas.

Classifications [top]

1. Forest -> 1.9. Forest - Subtropical/Tropical Moist Montane
suitability: Suitable  

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
  Occur in at least one PA:Yes
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education
1. Research -> 1.1. Taxonomy
1. Research -> 1.2. Population size, distribution & trends

Bibliography [top]

Musser, G. G. and Carleton, M. D. 2005. Superfamily Muroidea. In: D. E. Wilson and D. A. Reeder (eds), Mammal Species of the World: a geographic and taxonomic reference, pp. 894-1531. The John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA.

Weksler, M., Percequillo, A. R. and Voss, R. S. 2006. Ten new genera of Oryzomyine rodents (Cricetidae: Sigmodontinae). American Museum Novitates 3537: 1-29.

Citation: Aguilera, M., Ochoa, J., Weksler, M. & Rivas, B. 2008. Nephelomys meridensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T136328A4275155. . Downloaded on 13 October 2015.
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