Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species occurs in north western Argentina in Tucuman, Catamarca, and Salta Provinces between 3,000 to 4,000 m asl (Woods and Kilpatrick 2005).
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in grasslands, in rocky areas in the Andean Highlands.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
NT
Near Threatened

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2008

Assessor/s
Jayat, J. & Ojeda, R.

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

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Justification
Listed as Near Threatened because, its extent of occurrence is not much greater than 20,000 km², its range is severely fragmented, and overgrazing is reducing the quality of its habitat and making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable under criterion B1.
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Population

Population
The abundance and population size of this species are not known.

Population Trend
Decreasing
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Threats

Major Threats
Overgrazing of grassland by goats and sheep is a major threat.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
The species occurs in at least two protected areas.
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Wikipedia

Shipton's Mountain Cavy

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