|Scientific Name:||Dolichotis patagonum (Zimmermann, 1780)|
Cavia patagonum Zimmerman, 1780
|Taxonomic Notes:||Generic synonym Pediolagus.|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Near Threatened ver 3.1|
|Contributor(s):||Ojeda, R. & Pardiñas, U.|
Listed as Near Threatened because, although it is widespread, its populations are declining due to loss of habitat, competition with large introduced herbivores and hunting, probably at a rate close to 30% over ten years. Almost qualifies as threatened under criterion A2cde.
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|Range Description:||This species occurs in Argentina, from Bolson de Pipanaco, Catamarca Province at approx 28 degrees south to 50 degrees south (Woods and Kilpatrick, 2005). Subspecies D. p. centricola occurs in Catamarca Province, the eastern region of La Rioja Province, the northwest of Cordoba Province, and the southwest of Santiago del Estero Province (Cabrera 1953). Subspecies D. p. patagonum occurs in the central area of Buenos Aires Province, the south of Cordoba Province, San Luis and Mendoza Provinces, and to the south of Argentina to Santa Cruz Province (Cabrera 1953). The species has a broad distribution across a range of open habitat formations, including grasslands, scrub lands and other semi-arid open areas (Lacher 2016).|
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|Population:||The population is decreasing and the species is not easily found (R. Ojeda pers. comm.).|
|Current Population Trend:||Decreasing|
|Habitat and Ecology:||The species occurs in lowland habitats, including forest and creosote bush (Larrea) flats in northwestern Argentina (Campos et al. 2001). It prefers habitats with shrub cover but will also use overgrazed and bared soils in the Monte Desert biome (Kufner and Chambouleyron 1991). Maras are herbivores (Kufner and Duranona 1991). In southern Argentina, breeding is from August to January (Taber and Macdonald 1992) and in Patagonia, most births occur between September and October (Taber 1987). In captivity, maras produce three or four litters each year (Dubost and Genest 1974), but in the wild, most females produce only one litter annually (Taber 1987). Average litter size is two (range, 1-3) (Campos et al. 2001).|
|Major Threat(s):||Habitat destruction for agriculture, and hunting for their skins have resulted in localized extinctions such as Buenos Aires Province (Cabrera 1953). The species competes with large, introduced herbivores such as sheep and the European hare (J. Jayat pers. comm.). Its widespread distribution has become increasingly fragmented by habitat loss, conversion of grasslands to pasture, and hunting (Lacher 2016).|
|Conservation Actions:||The species occurs in at least 12 protected areas. It is categorized as Vulnerable in the Red Book of Mammals of Argentina (Diaz and Ojeda 2000).|
Cabrera, A. 1953. Los roedores argentinos de la familia Caviidae. Publicaciones de la Escuela Veterinaria, Universidad de Buenos Aires 6: 1-93.
Campos, C. M., Tognelli, M. F. and Ojeda, R. A. 2001. Dolichotis patagonum. Mammalian Species 652: 1-5.
Genest, H. and Dubost, G. 1974. Pair living in the mara (Dolichotis patagonum Z.). Mammalia 38: 155-162.
IUCN. 2016. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2016-2. Available at: www.iucnredlist.org. (Accessed: 04 September 2016).
Kufner, M. B. and Chambouleyron, M. B. 1991. Actividad espacial de Dolichotis patagonum en relacion a la estructura de la vegetacion en el Monte Argentino. Studies on Neotropical Fauna and Environment 26: 249-255.
Kufner, M. B. and Duranona, G. 1991. Consumo y eficiencia digestiva del mara, Dolichotis patagonum (Rodentia: Caviidae). Ecologia Australia 1: 50-55.
Lacher, T.E., Jr. 2016. Family Caviidae. 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.
Taber, A. B. 1987. The behavioural ecology of the mara Dolichotis patagonum. Thesis, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.
Taber, A. B. and Macdonald, D. W. 1992. Communal breeding in the mara, Dolichotis patagonum. Journal of Zoology: proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 227: 439-452.
Woods, C.A. and Kilpatrick, C.W. 2005. Infraorder Hystricognathi. In: Wilson, D.E. and Reeder, D.M. (eds), Mammal Species of the World, pp. 1538-1599. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD, USA.
|Citation:||Roach, N. 2016. Dolichotis patagonum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T6785A22190337.Downloaded on 24 February 2018.|