Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae

Scientific Name: Akodon bogotensis
Species Authority: Thomas, 1895
Common Name(s):
English Bogota Grass Mouse, Bogotá Akodont

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Gómez-Laverde, M. & Rivas, 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 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.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in the Andes of northwest Venezuela, east and central Colombia (Musser and Carleton, 2005); it also occurs in south Colombia to Huila Department (Gómez-Laverde, com. pers.). It has an elevational range of 2,600 to 3,900 m (Soriano et al., 1998).
Countries occurrence:
Colombia; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
Lower elevation limit (metres): 2600
Upper elevation limit (metres): 3900
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Population [top]

Population: This species is common in some parts of its range and rare in others (M. Gómez-Laverde and B. Rivas pers. comm.).
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a nocturnal, terrestrial and solitary species. It feeds on insects, other invertebrates, seeds and vegetation. It is present in open grassland, Polylepis forest, and Paramo/Espeletia areas, at high elevations, as well as disturbed and cultivated areas (Linares, 1998).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threats are paramo and cloud forest destruction.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in several protected areas including Chingaza National Park in Colombia, Sierra Nevada in Venezuela.

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 -> 14.1. Artificial/Terrestrial - Arable Land
suitability: Marginal  
14. Artificial/Terrestrial -> 14.2. Artificial/Terrestrial - Pastureland
suitability: Marginal  
14. Artificial/Terrestrial -> 14.4. Artificial/Terrestrial - Rural Gardens
suitability: Marginal  

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
5. Biological resource use -> 5.3. Logging & wood harvesting -> 5.3.5. Motivation Unknown/Unrecorded
♦ timing: Ongoing    
→ Stresses
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.1. Ecosystem conversion
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.2. Ecosystem degradation

Bibliography [top]

IUCN. 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Available at: (Accessed: 5 October 2008).

Linares, O.J. 1998. Mamíferos de Venezuela. Sociedad Conservacionista Audubon de Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela.

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.

Soriano, P. J., De Pascual, A. D., Ochoa, J. and Aguilera, M. 1999. Biogeographic analysis of the mammal communities in the Venezuelan Andes. Interciencia 24(1): 17-25.

Citation: Gómez-Laverde, M. & Rivas, B. 2008. Akodon bogotensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T727A13070868. . Downloaded on 09 October 2015.
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