Abrothrix olivaceus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae

Scientific Name: Abrothrix olivaceus (Waterhouse, 1837)
Common Name(s):
English Olive Grass Mouse, Olive-coloured Akodont
Abrothrix hershkovitzi (Patterson, Gallardo & Freas, 1984)
Abrothrix markhami (Pine, 1973)
Akodon mansoensis De Santis & Justo, 1980
Akodon olivaceus (Waterhouse, 1837)
Akodon xanthorhinus (Waterhouse, 1837)
Taxonomic Notes: Systematists have debated synonymy between viewed olivaceus and xanthorhinus. Based on apparent morphological and ecological separation in local settings, some systematists consider them distinct (Osgood 1943, Patterson et al. 1984, Pearson 1995) whereas others consider olivaceus as a polytypic species, also including southern xanthorhinus, based on broader regional trends of morphological and morphometric variation (Mann 1978, Yañez et al. 1978). Recent work with transects between where Valdivian rainforest (olivaceus morphotype) transitions into Patagonian steppe (xanthorhinus morphotype) have given evidence of demic intergradation, which strongly supports the synonymy argument (Smith et al. 2001, Pearson and Smith 1999). This assessment includes the species known as A. llanoi, A. mansoensis, A. xanthorhinus, A. hershkovitzi and A. markhami.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2017-03-22
Assessor(s): Patterson, B., Pardinas, U. & D'Elia, G.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
This species is listed as Least Concern in because of its wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in a number of protected areas, tolerance to some degree of habitat modification, and because it 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 northern to central Chile, and borders along westernmost Argentina, to Patagonian region of S Chile and Argentina, including Tierra del Fuego (Musser and Carleton 2005). Distribution now includes A. hershkovitzi.
Countries occurrence:
Argentina; Chile
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Population [top]

Population:It is an abundant species in many places including forests and shrubs.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species occurs in shrub and herbaceous steppe habitats as well as in humid plains and Northofagus forests (Pearson 1995). Inhabits steppe habitat in northern Patagonia (Pearson and Smith 1999).
Generation Length (years):1-2

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats for this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is included in several protected areas along Chile and Argentina coastal areas and Patagonia.

Citation: Patterson, B., Pardinas, U. & D'Elia, G. 2017. Abrothrix olivaceus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T751A22337955. . Downloaded on 20 August 2018.
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