Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species occurs in eastern Jalisco, Michoacan, and Mexico, and Guerrero, Mexico (Thorington and Hoffmann 2005).
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species lives in areas with xerophytic vegetation, in rocks areas along canyon sides, around stone walls and corrals near ranches, and in agricultural areas.

It uses burrows that are made in open ground at the base of a tree or bush, in rocky areas along small ravines, or under mesquite. This species is an omnivore, and the dried and black seeds of Crescentia are an important part of its diet, as well as the fruits of plum trees.This species may cause significant damage to cultivated crops, such as corn, beans, and sorghum. It is possible that this species has spread its range into the more arid habitats of the Mexican Plateau because of the large areas under cultivation (Best 1995).

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2008

Assessor/s
de Grammont, P.C. & Cuarón, A.

Reviewer/s
McKnight, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)

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Justification
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.
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Population

Population
This species is common in suitable areas (Best 1995). Its population size varies from year to year and among seasons (Villa-R. 1943 in Best 1995).

Population Trend
Stable
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Threats

Major Threats
There are no known major threats.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
There are no specific conservation measures in place for this species. It is found in Pico Tancitaro National Park and a protected area near Infiernillo, Michoacan.
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Wikipedia

Tropical ground squirrel

The tropical ground squirrel (Notocitellus adocetus) is a species of rodent in the Sciuridae family. It is endemic to upland shrub in northern Mexico.[2]

References

  1. ^ de Grammont, P. C. & Cuarón, A. (2008). "Spermophilus adocetus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 3.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 8 January 2009. 
  2. ^ Helgen, Kristofer M.; Cole, F. Russel; Helgen, Lauren E.; and Wilson, Don E (2009). "Generic Revision in the Holarctic Ground Squirrel Genus Spermophilus". Journal of Mammalogy 90 (2): 270–305. doi:10.1644/07-MAMM-A-309.1. Archived from the original on 22 October 2011. 
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