Animal Info - Candango Mouse

(Other Names: Brasilia Burrowing Mouse)

Juscelinomys candango

Status: Lower Risk - Near Threatened


 

Contents

1. Profile
2. Status and Trends (IUCN Status, Countries Where Currently Found, History of Distribution)
3. Data on Biology and Ecology (Habitat, Diet, Behavior)
4. References


Profile

Candango mice were captured at an elevation of 1030 m (3400') in a parklike area with scattered trees with grasses underneath. The stomach contents of captured candango mice included mostly unidentifiable vegetable material and some large ants. The ground around the entrances to two of the mouse's underground nests was worn as smooth as pavement. The nests were poorly lined with grass and other fine plant material.

The candango mouse was discovered in 1960 and has been described only on the basis of 9 animals found on the grounds of the Parque Zoobotanical in Brasilia, Federal District, Brazil. Despite intensive searching, no others had been seen as of 1990.


Status and Trends

IUCN Status:

  • 1994: Endangered
  • 1996 - 2004: Lower Risk - Near Threatened (IUCN 2004)

Countries Where the Candango Mouse Is Currently Found:

2004: Occurs in Brazil (IUCN 2004).

History of Distribution:

The candango mouse was discovered in 1960 and has been described only on the basis of 9 animals found on the grounds of the Parque Zoobotanical in Brasilia, Federal District, Brazil. Despite intensive searching, no others had been seen as of 1990 (Nowak 1999).


Data on Biology and Ecology

Habitat:

Candango mice were captured at an elevation of 1030 m (3400') in a parklike area with scattered trees with grasses underneath.

The candango mouse is found in the Cerrado Biodiversity Hotspot (Cons. Intl. 2005).  

Diet:

The stomach contents of captured candango mice included mostly unidentifiable vegetable material and some large ants.

Behavior:

The ground around the entrances to two underground nests of candango mice was worn as smooth as pavement. The nests were poorly lined with grass and other fine plant material.


References

Burton & Pearson 1987, Cons. Intl. 2005, IUCN 1994, IUCN 1996, IUCN 2000, IUCN 2003a, IUCN 2004, Nowak 1999, Nowak & Paradiso 1983


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