Oxymycterus hucucha


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Oxymycterus hucucha
Species Authority: Hinojosa, Anderson & Patton, 1987
Common Name(s):
English Quechuan Hocicudo

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(i,ii,iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Dunnum, J., Vargas, J. & Bernal, N.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Endangered because its extent of occurrence is presumed to be less than 5,000 km², all individuals are in fewer than five locations, and there is continuing decline inferred from the loss of both the extent and quality of its habitat. This species should be reassessed when further information becomes available on its use of modified habitat and extent of occurrence.
1996 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from the type locality and vicinity, about 2, 600 to 3,000 m, central Bolivia (Musser and Carleton, 2005). The type locality is: Cochabamba Department, 28 km (by road) west Comarapa, 2,800 m; 17°51'S, 64°40'W (Hinojosa et al., 1987). This species is believed to have a very restricted range.
Bolivia, Plurinational States of
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Population [top]

Population: It is known only from a few specimens in a single location.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is terrestrial, nocturnal and diurnal; it has only been recorded from disturbed cloud forest. It feeds mainly on insects and other invertebrates and may use its long claws to dig these from the litter.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Major threats to this species include clearance of cloud forest for cattle pasture. The range of the species is divided by a road, along which human colonization is taking place, further fragmenting the habitat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not present in any protected areas. There is an urgent need to protect the distinct area of Comarapa. Further research is needed in this area to try to find additional populations.

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: Dunnum, J., Vargas, J. & Bernal, N. 2008. Oxymycterus hucucha. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 04 September 2015.
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