Nectomys squamipes


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Nectomys squamipes
Species Authority: (Brants, 1827)
Common Name(s):
English South American Water Rat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Vieira, E., Bonvicino, C., D'Elia, G. & Pardinas, U.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Least Concern in because of its wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in a number of protected areas, tolerance to some degree of habitat modification, and because it 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 from southeast Brazil (Pernambuco to Rio Grande do Sul States), to northeast Argentina (Misiones Province), and eastern Paraguay (Musser and Carleton, 2005).
Argentina; Brazil; Paraguay
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Population [top]

Population: Locally common (Emerson pers. comm.).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This is a semi aquatic and insectivorous rodent, strongly associated to water courses inside forests (Vieira pers. comm.).
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat loss is affecting the species in some parts of its range (Vieira pers. comm.).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This rodent occurs in a number of protected areas.

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.

Citation: Vieira, E., Bonvicino, C., D'Elia, G. & Pardinas, U. 2008. Nectomys squamipes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 02 September 2015.
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