Nectomys palmipes


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Nectomys palmipes
Species Authority: J.A. Allen & Chapman, 1893
Common Name(s):
English Trinidad Water Rat
Nectomys tatei Hershkovitz, 1948

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Ochoa, J., Aguilera, M., Rivas, B. & Weksler, M.
Reviewer(s): McKnight, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, tolerance of some degree of habitat disturbance, occurrence in a number of protected areas, and because it does not appear to be under threat and is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs on Trinidad Island and adjacent mainland area of northeast Venezuela; the exact limits of its distribution are unknown (Musser and Carleton 2005).
Trinidad and Tobago; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: It is a common species (J. Ochoa et al. 2005).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It occurs in lowland tropical rainforest, in areas of inundated dense tall grass and forest near water (Ochoa et al. 2005). This species is tolerant of secondary habitat, including agricultural areas (J. Ochoa pers. comm.).

It is nocturnal, solitary, terrestrial and semiaquatic. It feeds on arthropods, crabs, and other invertebrates, it also eats fruit and fungi. This water rat is adapted for swimming and is almost always found near water. It makes nests under logs or roots or in dense vegetation (Emmons and Feer 1997). Its home range is 0.3 to 1.6 individuals/ha (Lord 1999).
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There does not appear to be any major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is present in Mariusa National Park and others protected areas (J. Ochoa pers. comm.).

Bibliography [top]

Emmons, L.H. and Feer, F. 1997. Neotropical Rainforest Mammals: A Field Guide, Second edition. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL, USA.

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.

Ochoa, J., Bevilacqua, M. and Garcia, F. 2005. Rapid ecological assessment of mammal communities in five localities from the Orinoco Delta, Venezuela. Interciencia 30: 466-475.

Citation: Ochoa, J., Aguilera, M., Rivas, B. & Weksler, M. 2008. Nectomys palmipes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 03 September 2015.
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