|Scientific Name:||Thylamys elegans|
|Species Authority:||(Waterhouse, 1839)|
|Taxonomic Notes:||This species is currently under taxonomic review. Records previously described from Peru are a different species.|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Assessor/s:||Solari, S. & Teta, P.|
|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, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
|Range Description:||This specie is found west of the Andes in central Chile (Gardner 2007).|
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|Population:||Little is known of populations of this species.|
|Habitat and Ecology:||Tolerates a wide variety of habitats, including cloud forests, brushlands, and riverbank chaparral. lt is typical of chaparral brusblands of Chile. This species presents an ample altitudinal range, from sea level to elevations of 2,500 m asl. Can be arboreal or terrestrial. Unlike other mouse opossums, Thylamys are found in the central and southern part of South America in dry habitats, as opposed to the more mesic environments of other genera (Palma et al. 2002). The species of this genus are mainly arobreal and crepuscular, with a diet that is mostly insects and small vertebrates (Palma et al. 2002).|
|Major Threat(s):||There are no major threats to this species, however, numerous populations are in decline. Central Chile is a highly perturbed ecosystem, which has high rates of deforestation for forestry and agricultural activities.|
|Conservation Actions:||This species is found in several protected areas.|
Gardner, A. L. 2007. Order Didelphimorphia. In: A. L. Gardner (ed.), Mammals of South America, pp. 669. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, USA.
IUCN. 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Available at: http://www.iucnredlist.org. (Accessed: 5 October 2008).
Palma, R.E., Rivera-Milla, E., Yates, T.L., Marquet, P.A. and Meynard, A.P. 2002. Phylogenetic and biogeographic relationships of the mouse opossum Thylamys (Didelphimorphia, Didelphidae) in southern South America. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 25: 245-253.
|Citation:||Solari, S. & Teta, P. 2008. Thylamys elegans. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 08 December 2013.|
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