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Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species occurs in intermediate elevations from eastern Oaxaca, México to western Panamá (Musser and Carleton 2005). It occurs from 900 to 2,900 m (Reid 1997).
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species occurs primarily in cloud forest, forest edge, and grassy clearings (Reid 1997).

It is generally diurnal and is most active in the morning. It is mainly terrestrial, using runways and well-trodden paths through grass and under logs (Hooper 1972). Insects make up about 80% of the diet (adult beetles are preferred), and some seeds and fruit are also taken (Hooper and Carleton 1976). Both sexes of this mouse construct nests, and breeding occurs year-round, with litters size between 1 and 3 young (Reid 1997).

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Life History and Behavior

Life Expectancy

Lifespan, longevity, and ageing

Observations: Little is known about the longevity of these animals, but one specimen lived 3.7 years in captivity (Richard Weigl 2005).
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Scotinomys teguina

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 47
Species With Barcodes: 1
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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
Reid, F., Pino, J. & Samudio, R.

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

Contributor/s

Justification
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in a number of protected areas, 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 to abundant in its range (Reid 1997).

Population Trend
Stable
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Threats

Major Threats
Pesticides are a major threat, because this species is insectivorous.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
Found in protected areas in Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Panama. No specific research needs as it has been well studied.
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Wikipedia

Alston's brown mouse

Alston's brown mouse, also called Alston's singing mouse, short-tailed singing mouse, or singing mouse (Scotinomys teguina), is a species of rodent in the family Cricetidae.[2] It is found in Central America, from Chiapas, Mexico, to western Panama.

This species produces vocalizations in both the sonic and ultrasonic range that are thought to be an important component of its communication behavior.[3][4]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

S. teguina is exclusively found in the highland forests of Central America, from Chiapas, Mexico to western Panama, at elevations between 1100 and 2950 meters.[5] Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama. This rodent prefers wet habitats with subtropical climates, and is commonly observed in grassy clearings and rocky areas at the forest edge. S. teguina is diurnal in the wild. In laboratory settings, it is predominantly active in the morning, with decreasing activity in the afternoon to evening hours.

Description[edit]

S. teguina is small (10–13 grams), with a dark coat, and a short tail. Its underparts are dark gray-brown to orange-brown. The tail is blackish and lightly haired and its feet are black. It also emits a noticeably strong, musky odor.[3]

Behavior[edit]

S. teguina is predominantly insectivorous, feeding on beetles and other small insects. Additionally, seeds and fruits make up a small portion of its diet.[5]

Male Alston's singing mouse (Scotinomys teguina) singing to female in estrus

S. teguina is often recognized for its relatively unique vocalization behavior. Both males and females produce vocalizations which are characterized by singing bouts containing both sonic and ultrasonic elements. Male songs tend to be longer than females, but seem to share similar spectral characteristics.[4] Although ultrasonic vocalizations have been demonstrated in numerous rodent species, few display vocalizing bouts as continuous and stereotyped as S. tequina. Because of their length and complexity, these vocalizations have been described as "song".[5] When singing, the mouse rears on its hind legs and extends its neck, facing upward while producing a stereotypical call of up to 10 seconds. The song is loud, with components audible to humans typically occurring towards the end of the call. The exact function of the singing behavior is not yet well understood, but it is believed to play an important role in social communication. For this reason, a growing interest has emerged in studying S. teguina in laboratory settings as a potential model for animal language in mammalian species. Stereotypical calls may provide an adaptive mechanism for the localization of conspecifics, and vocalizations in the ultrasonic range are typically inaudible to most predators. Furthermore, some studies have examined the functional role of FOXP2 expression in S. teguina and other vocalizing rodent species.[6]

Male Alston's singing mice sing to attract mates and to warn off other males of their species from their territories. They react to songs of the related, larger, competing species, S. xerampelinus by silently retreating.[7][8]

S. teguina uses olfactory cues to convey information about sex, reproductive status, and conspecifics. Much of this information in transmitted through secretions of the midventral sebaceous gland.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reid, F., Pino, J. & Samudio, R. (2008). "Scotinomys teguina". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  2. ^ Musser, G. G.; Carleton, M. D. (2005). "Superfamily Muroidea". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 1085. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  3. ^ a b Reid, Fiona A. (1997): "A field guide to the mammals of central america and southeast mexico. Oxford University Press, New York
  4. ^ a b Miller, J. R. and Engstrom, M. D. (2007): Vocal stereotypy and singing behavior in baiomyine mice. Journal of Mammalogy, 88(6):1447–1465.
  5. ^ a b c Hooper, Emmet T., and Carleton Michael D. (1976): Reproduction, growth and development in two contiguously allopatric rodent species, genus Scotinomys. Miscellaneous Publications Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, 665:1–31.
  6. ^ Campbell P. et al (2009): Conservation and diversity of foxp2 expression in muroid rodents: functional implications. The journal of Comparative Neurology 512:84–100.
  7. ^ Arnold, C. (2013-10-04). "Musical Mice Sing to Fend Off Rivals". National Geographic. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  8. ^ Pasch, B.; Bolker, B. M.; Phelps, S. M. (2013-09-09). "Interspecific Dominance Via Vocal Interactions Mediates Altitudinal Zonation in Neotropical Singing Mice". The American Naturalist (The American Society of Naturalists). JSTOR 10.1086/673263. 
  9. ^ Fernández-Vargas M., Tang-Martínez Z. and Phelps S. M. (2008): Olfactory responses of neotropical short-tailed singing mice, scotinomys teguina, to odors of the mid-ventral sebaceous gland: discrimination of conspecifics, gender and female reproductive condition. Journal of Chemical Ecology 34:429–437
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