Nephelomys caracolus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Nephelomys caracolus
Species Authority: (Thomas, 1914)
Taxonomic Notes: Oryzomys is a generic synonym (Weksler et al. 2006). This species was previously considered as a synonym of O. albigularis (e.g., Musser and Carleton 1993).

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 in view of its presumed wide distribution and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category and the known range is well protected by National Parks.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in Costal Central cordilleras, north central Venezuela (Aragua, Miranda, Distrito Federal, and Carabobo) (Musser and Carleton, 2005) from 1,000 to 2,500 m (M. Aguilera pers. comm.).
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: This species is abundant (M. Aguilera pers. comm.).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found in primary cloud forest, it is terrestrial, nocturnal, and omnivorous (M. Aguilera and B. Rivas pers. comm.).
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, specifically four National Parks.

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 caracolus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 01 April 2015.
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