Zygogeomys trichopus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Geomyidae

Scientific Name: Zygogeomys trichopus Merriam, 1895
Common Name(s):
English Michoacan Pocket Gopher
Taxonomic Source(s): Hafner, M. S. and Barkley, L. J. 1984. Genetics and natural history of a relictual pocket gopher, Zygogeomys (Rodentia: Geomyidae). Journal of Mammalogy 65: 474-479.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii,v) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Álvarez-Castañeda, S.T., Castro-Arellano, I., Lacher, T., Vázquez, E. & Arroyo-Cabrales, J.
Reviewer(s): McKnight, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)
Listed as Endangered because the extent of occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, all individuals are in fewer than 6 locations, the habitat is severely fragmented, and there is a continuing decline in the quality and extent of habitat, and a decline in the number of mature individuals due to competition.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known only from small areas around the general vicinity of Lago Patzcuaro, north central Michoacan, Mexico (Hafner and Barkley 1984; Patton 2005). Specifically, it is known from four areas in the Sierra Madre of Michoacan: Cerro Tancitaro, Cerro Patamban, Nahuatzen, and Patzcuaro. This species is found at elevations above 2,200 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Mexico (Michoacán)
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):2200
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Population [top]

Population:The species was once said to be widespread across the area, occurring on wooded slopes, the borders of grassy parks, and in cultivated areas. It was found in high densities throughout its range. However, this species is not tolerant of habitat degradation and competition with other species that have extended their range following the transformation of habitat (Ceballos and Oliva 2005). In recent years the species has suffered a severe decline in population.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:Yes

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is poorly known. It prefers the deep, friable soil of high montane pine-spruce-alder forests. Burrow entrances are covered by volcano-like mounds of earth with no opening and it is thought that the species may be entirely fossorial (Ceballos and Oliva 2005).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Agricultural encroachment has resulted in the removal of some forest areas within the range of this species. However, the main threat to the species thought to be competition from Cratogeomys, which has moved higher into the mountains as a result of forest destruction on lower slopes (Ceballos and Oliva 2005).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is protected under Mexican law as "en peligro de extinción" ('in danger of extinction'). There are no protected areas within its range.

Citation: Álvarez-Castañeda, S.T., Castro-Arellano, I., Lacher, T., Vázquez, E. & Arroyo-Cabrales, J. 2008. Zygogeomys trichopus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T23323A9431919. . Downloaded on 21 June 2018.
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