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Nephelomys levipes

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA CRICETIDAE

Scientific Name: Nephelomys levipes
Species Authority: (Thomas, 1902)
Common Name(s):
English Light-footed Rice Rat
Synonym(s):
Oryzomys levipes Thomas, 1902
Taxonomic Notes: Oryzomys is a generic synonym (Weksler et al. 2006).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Zeballos, H., Vargas, J. & Weksler, M.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is not declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
History:
1996 Lower Risk/near threatened (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in southeast Peru through to west central Bolivia (Anderson, 1997). This species is found at elevations of 1800 to 3200 m.
Countries:
Native:
Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Peru
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Population [top]

Population: It is a common species.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This rodent inhabits primary and secondary cloud forest (Voss et al., 2004; Anderson, 1997). It is not present in cultivated areas.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The habitat of this species is being lost through deforestation and conversion of land to agricultural use. The habitat is becoming fragmented.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is present in three protected areas in Bolivia. Further research is needed into the ecology of this species.

Bibliography [top]

Anderson, S. 1997. Mammals of Bolivia: Taxonomy and distribution. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 231: 1–652.

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: Zeballos, H., Vargas, J. & Weksler, M. 2008. Nephelomys levipes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 23 November 2014.
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