|Scientific Name:||Santamartamys rufodorsalis (J.A. Allen, 1899)|
Diplomys rufodorsalis J.A. Allen, 1899
|Taxonomic Notes:||This species has been assigned to a new monotypic genus Santamartamys (Emmons 2005).|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Critically Endangered D ver 3.1|
|Assessor(s):||Lacher, T. & Roach, N.|
|Contributor(s):||Pierro, H., Salaman, P. & Patterson, B.|
This species is listed as Critically Endangered because it is occurs only in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia, and only one known individual has been documented within the last 100 years. This species is likely rare and has a very small population size, the distribution is restricted to less than 100 km².
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|Range Description:||It is known only from the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta between 700 and 2,000 m in Colombia. There is one locality mapped in the Sierra de Parijá without documentation, and the species might range to this mountain area in Venezuela (Emmons and Patton 2015).|
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|Population:||The population status of this species is unknown. Only one individual has been documented in over 100 years. A concentrated survey around the El Dorado Reserve took place during the summer of 2016 for one month, no individuals were spotted during a series of repeated nocturnal spotlight surveys (Roach, N. unpublished data). Current reports by ProAves (Paul Salaman) present a scenario of land degradation and resultant fragmentation. Other tree rats (Genus Diplomys) nest in tree cavities and are arboreal, and probably do not disperse long distances. Fragmentation and degradation of the canopy would probably impact dispersal ability of Santamartamys as well.|
|Current Population Trend:||Unknown|
|Habitat and Ecology:||The habitat preferences and ecological requirements of this species are unknown. It is known only from upper tropical to lower montane humid forest on the northwest slope of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. It presumably inhabits montane forest, but it is one of the most rare and poorly known small mammals in the region (Emmons and Patton 2015, Fabre 2016).|
|Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:||Yes|
The threats to this species, if any, are unknown (Emmons and Feer 1997). This species' habitat has undergone a deterioration in status since the last comprehensive assessment. Montane forest habitat continues to be cleared in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta - specifically in the species' limited range for holiday homes, non-shade coffee plantations and pasturelands for livestock. In March 2016, during an extremely intense prolonged drought, over 100 acres of key habitat was destroyed in multiple forest fires from pastureland into primary forest. While the El Dorado Reserve continues to expand through land acquisition by Fundacion ProAves with the support of Rainforest Trust and other entities, the pressure from surrounding developments is very high. For example, land prices have increased 5-fold in the past five years as farms are purchased and developed (Paul Salaman pers. comm). Climate impacts could be a long-range threat. Urgent studies are required to identify additional specific threats in additional to habitat loss.
|Conservation Actions:||This species is known to occur in the 1,900 acre (769 ha) El Dorado Nature Reserve, where one individual was observed in 2011. Nothing is known about current occurrence outside this observation. There have been reported sightings by local Colombians and indigenous groups, however these are rare and unconfirmed by photographic or physical evidence.|
Emmons, L.H. 2005. A revision of the arboreal Echimyidae (Rodentia: Echimyidae, Echimyinae); with descriptions of two new genera. In: E. A. Lacey and P. Myers (eds), Mammalian Diversification: From Chromosomes to Phylogeography (A Celebration of the Career of James L. Patton), pp. 247-309. University of California Press, Berkley:, USA.
Emmons, L.H. and Feer, F. 1997. Neotropical Rainforest Mammals: A Field Guide, Second edition. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL, USA.
Emmons, L.H. and Patton, J.L. 2015. Genus Santamartamys Emmons 2005. In: Patton, J.L., Pardiñas, U.F.J. and D'elia, G. (eds), Mammals of South America Vol 2: Rodents, pp. 928-929. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, London.
Fabre, P.H. 2016. Family Echimyidae. In: Wilson, D.E., Lacher, T.E., Jr and Mittermeier, R.A. (eds), Handbook of Mammals of the World. Vol. 6. Lagomorphs and Rodents: Part 1., Lynx Editions, Barcelona.
IUCN. 2017. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2017-2. Available at: www.iucnredlist.org. (Accessed: 14 September 2017).
|Citation:||Lacher, T. & Roach, N. 2017. Santamartamys rufodorsalis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T6664A22210948.Downloaded on 22 January 2018.|