Distribution and conservation of the bamboo rat Kannabateomys amblyonyx (Rodentia, Echimyidae) in Minas Gerais State, Brazil

Fabiano Aguiar da Silva, Clodoaldo Lopes de Assis, Ricardo Aguiar da Silva, Vanessa Cardoso Antunes, Gisele Lessa, Fernando Marques Quintela


This note reports data on occurrence of the echimyid Kannabateomys amblyonyx in Minas Gerais State, southeastern Brazil. Data were obtained from consult to 26 museums, bibliography search and field sampling. We found nine municipalities with species records, eight within the Atlantic Forest biome and one in the transitional area between the Atlantic Forest and Cerrado. Habitats occupied comprised bamboo groves in Montane Stational Semidecidual Forest, Submontane Stational Semidecidual Forest and bamboo patches located in middle of open area, originally covered by Submontane Stational Semidecidual Forest. Potential impacts detected were deforestation, fires, hunting and the presence of livestock and domestic dogs. 

Key words: bamboo rat, Atlantic Forest, threats, records.

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