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Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species occurs in the Altiplano of southwest Bolivia and northeast Chile (Woods and Kilpatrick, 2005). It has not been collected from southern Bolivia and bordering northern Argentina but it is expected to occur there. It has an elevational range of 3,500 to 4,000 m asl.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
It is usually found in flat areas of Puna grassland. In Chile it has been recorded exclusively from boggy habitat. The species lives in colonies in burrows, which it may excavate itself or it may utilize abandoned Ctenomys burrows. It has been recorded from areas with some habitat disturbance caused by low-density traditional grazing.

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
Dunnum, J., Vargas, J. & Bernal, N., Ojeda, R. & Jayat, J.P.

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

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Justification
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
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Population

Population
It is locally common where there are colonies. It has been recorded in colonies of 15 to 30 individuals occupying small areas (Marquet et al., 1993).

Population Trend
Stable
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Threats

Major Threats
There do not appear to be any major threats to this species.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
It is present in several protected areas, like Sahama National Park in Bolivia. No immediate conservation measures are needed for this species.
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Wikipedia

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