Heteromys nelsoni 

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Language: English

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Heteromyidae

Scientific Name: Heteromys nelsoni Merriam, 1902
Common Name(s):
English Nelson's Spiny Pocket Mouse

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(i,ii,iii,v) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Cuarón, A., Reid, F. & Vázquez, E.
Reviewer(s): McKnight, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)
Listed as Endangered because its extent of occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, all individuals are in fewer than five locations (essentially a single location), and there is continuing decline in extent of occurrence, area of occupancy, the extent and quality of its habitat, and presumably the number of mature individuals.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known only from southeastern Chiapas (Mexico) and bordering parts of western Guatemala (Patton 2005). It is found from 2,500 to 2,800 m (Reid 1997). The Guatemalan population may have been severely affected by Hurricane Stan in 2006.
Countries occurrence:
Guatemala; Mexico (Chiapas)
Additional data:
Number of Locations:1
Lower elevation limit (metres):2500
Upper elevation limit (metres):2800
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Population [top]

Population:This rodent is rare and local (Reid 1997).
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is found on cold, wet slopes of montane forest with numerous epiphytes, mosses, and fallen trees. Its biology is poorly known (Reid 1997).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The main threat to this species is the significant forest loss in its habitat. Habitat fragmentation, landslides, and floods are additional threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in a newly-named national park, Tacana, in Mexico.

Citation: Cuarón, A., Reid, F. & Vázquez, E. 2008. Heteromys nelsoni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T10009A3153168. . Downloaded on 21 May 2018.
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