Aconaemys fuscus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Aconaemys fuscus
Species Authority: (Waterhouse, 1842)
Common Name(s):
English Chilean Rock Rat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2008-07-01
Assessor(s): Ojeda, R. & Bidau, C.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. & Schipper, J.
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs between 33° and 41°S in the High Andes of Chile and Argentina (Woods and Kilpatrick, 2005). It may be found up to 4,000 m asl (Bidau pers. comm.).
Argentina; Chile
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Population [top]

Population: Locally abundant (Woods and Kilpatrick, 2005).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It only occurs in cool, moist forest isolated from other forests by more than 1,000 km of pampa or desert. The dominant trees at any one place are usually one or more species of southern beech (Nothofagus).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no known threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no conservation measures known to be in place to protect this species. None are thought to be needed.

Bibliography [top]

IUCN. 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2013.2). Available at: (Accessed: 13 November 2013).

Woods, C. A. and Kilpatrick, C. W. 2005. Infraorder Hystricognathi. In: D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder (eds), Mammal Species of the World, pp. 1538-1599. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD, USA.

Citation: Ojeda, R. & Bidau, C. 2013. Aconaemys fuscus. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 29 August 2015.
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