Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae

Scientific Name: Akodon aerosus
Species Authority: Thomas, 1913
Common Name(s):
English Highland Grass Mouse, Yungas Akodont

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Dunnum, J., Vargas, J., Bernal, N., Zeballos, H., Vivar, E. & Patterson, B.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, it occurs in a number of protected areas, has a tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in upper montane forests along east Andean slopes, 1,000 to 2,250 m (Patterson et al. in review), in Ecuador, Peru, and central Bolivia (Anderson, 1997; Patton and Smith, 1992).
Countries occurrence:
Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Ecuador; Peru
Lower elevation limit (metres): 1000
Upper elevation limit (metres): 2250
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Population [top]

Population: It is a common species.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This mouse is terrestrial, and mostly diurnal. It probably feeds on insects, seeds, and vegetation. It nests in burrows and travels in tunnels under leaf litter. It is found in evergreen forest, and in montane habitats, grassy areas, especially with tall grass, young second growth, gardens, and clearings.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is present in several protected areas.

Classifications [top]

1. Forest -> 1.9. Forest - Subtropical/Tropical Moist Montane
suitability: Suitable  
4. Grassland -> 4.7. Grassland - Subtropical/Tropical High Altitude
suitability: Suitable  
14. Artificial/Terrestrial -> 14.2. Artificial/Terrestrial - Pastureland
suitability: Suitable  
14. Artificial/Terrestrial -> 14.4. Artificial/Terrestrial - Rural Gardens
suitability: Suitable  

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
  Occur in at least one PA:Yes
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education

Bibliography [top]

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

Patton, J. and Smith, M. 1992. Evolution and systematics of Akodontine rodents (Muridae: Sigmodontinae) of Peru, with emphasis on genus Akodon. Memoirs of the Museum of Natural History 21: 83-103.

Citation: Dunnum, J., Vargas, J., Bernal, N., Zeballos, H., Vivar, E. & Patterson, B. 2008. Akodon aerosus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T723A13070293. . Downloaded on 09 October 2015.
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