Abrothrix jelskii


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Abrothrix jelskii
Species Authority: (Thomas, 1894)
Common Name(s):
English Jelski's Altiplano Mouse
Chroeomys jelskii (Thomas, 1894)
Taxonomic Notes: This is a species complex, and the relationship of this species with other Abrothrix needs further taxonomic research and revision (H. Zeballos, N. Bernal and B. Patterson pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Bernal, N., Zeballos, H., Vargas, J., Patterson, B., Jayat, J.P. & Pardinas, U.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, it occurs in a number of protected areas, has a tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category. In Argentina there is only one record from 1919.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in the Altiplano of central Peru (see Arana-Cardó and Ascorra, 1994) to western Bolivia and northwestern Argentina. It has an elevational range of about 2,200 to 5,000 m (Musser and Carleton, 2005).
Argentina; Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Peru
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Population [top]

Population: It is a very common species. It can have population fluctuations, with many animals found during the harvest season.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is present in open grassland, rocky areas, shrub land, cultivated areas and rural houses.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is present in many protected areas, at least 13 in Peru alone.

Citation: Bernal, N., Zeballos, H., Vargas, J., Patterson, B., Jayat, J.P. & Pardinas, U. 2008. Abrothrix jelskii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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