Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is found in two distinct populations, one centered on northeastern South Asia (Bangladesh, Bhutan, northeastern India and Nepal [Molur et al. 2005]) and northwestern Myanmar, and a second ranging through central and eastern Myanmar, southern China (Yunnan, west of the Salween River [Smith and Xie 2008]), Thailand, Lao PDR and Viet Nam. Both populations are widespread but patchily distributed. The northwestern population ranges from around 50 to 2,500 m asl (Molur et al. 2005), while the southeastern population occurs from about 200 to 1,500 m asl.
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Global Distribution

Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam

Western Ghats Distribution

INDIA Karnataka: Kodagu: Coorg; Mysore Maharashtra: Pune Tamil NaduDindigul: Kodaikanal; Dindigul and Madurai: Palni Hills

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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
It is present in a wide variety of primary and secondary forest types. In South Asia it is found in subtropical dry deciduous forests, shola grasslands,temperate coniferous and broadleaved forests, and has been found to occupy arable land near Lantana bushes (Molur et al. 2005). In Southeast Asia it is only found in forested areas and occasionally in moderately disturbed areas such as upland gardens in forests. In China, it has been reported from upland rice fields and other disturbed habitats (Smith and Xie 2008).

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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General Habitat

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Habitat

Subtropical dry deciduous forests, shola grasslands, temperate coniferous and broadleaved forests

Niche

Arable land, found near Lantana sp. bushes

Habitat Status

Quantitative and qualitative decrease in habitat at the rate of < 20% in the last 20 years and a similar trend is predicted in the next 20 years due to human induced habitat alterations

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Life History and Behavior

Behavior

Behaviour

"Nocturnal, fossorial"
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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
Aplin, K., Lunde, D. & Molur, S.

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

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Justification
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, it presumably occurs in a number of protected areas, has a tolerance of a degree of habitat modification (most especially the western population), and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
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LEAST CONCERN
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Population

Population
The species is abundant.

Population Trend
Stable
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Threats

Major Threats
There are no major threats to the species.
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Threats not known for the species or the habitat where it occurs
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Legislation

"India Schedule V of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, amended up to 2002."
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Protection Legal Status

Not listed
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
It is presumed to be present in many protected areas. It is possibly present in some protected areas in northeastern India (eg. Namdhapha National Park, Arunachal Pradesh), and is almost certainly present in some protected areas in Southeast Asia. It is categorised as a vermin (Schedule V) of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act. No direct conservation measures are currently needed for this widespread and adaptable species. In South Asia, general taxonomic research, field surveys, and monitoring of populations are recommended for this species (Molur et al. 2005).
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Uses

Unknown
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Wikipedia

Cook's mouse

Cook's mouse (Mus cookii) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found in China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam.

References[edit]

  • Baillie, J. 1996. Mus cookii. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 19 July 2007.
  • Musser, G. G. and M. D. Carleton. 2005. Superfamily Muroidea. pp. 894–1531 in Mammal Species of the World a Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder eds. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.


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