Zygodontomys brevicauda 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae

Scientific Name: Zygodontomys brevicauda J.A. Allen & Chapman, 1893
Common Name(s):
English Short-tailed Cane Mouse
Taxonomic Notes: Will be transferred to family Cricetidae.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2016-10-11
Assessor(s): Cassola, F.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Rivas, B., Delgado, C., Anderson, R.P., Gómez-Laverde, M. & Emmons, L.
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, occurrence in a number of protected areas, and because it does not appear to be under threat and is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs in the savannas from southeastern Costa Rica through Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, and the Guianas, to Brazil north of the Amazon River; including Trinidad and Tobago and smaller continental shelf islands adjacent to Panama and Venezuela (Musser and Carleton 2005). Occurs in the llanos of Venezuela.
Countries occurrence:
Brazil; Colombia; Costa Rica; French Guiana; Guyana; Panama; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population:This rat is common, often abundant. It sometimes is a pest in agricultural areas (M. Aguilera pers. comm.).
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is abundant in grassland, clearings, marshy areas, second growth, and agricultural areas (Martino and Aguilera 1993).

This species is nocturnal and terrestrial. Its diet includes seeds, fruit, and green plant material. This species makes short burrows in banks or under tree roots, leadings to nests made of grasses and plant down (Reid 1997). In Venezuela, breeding occurs year-round and litter size averages 4.1 (O’Connell 1982).
Generation Length (years):1-2

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There does not appear to be any major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in several protected areas (M. Aguillera pers. comm.).

Citation: Cassola, F. 2017. Zygodontomys brevicauda. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T23321A22356711. . Downloaded on 23 September 2018.
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