Chiapan deer mouse

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Chiapan deer mouse
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Cricetidae
Genus: Peromyscus
Species: P. zarhynchus
Binomial name
Peromyscus zarhynchus
Merriam, 1898

The Chiapan deer mouse (Peromyscus zarhynchus) is a species of rodent in the family Cricetidae. It is found only in Mexico.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The Chiapan deer mouse is endemic to central and southeast Chiapas, México. The species occurs in wet highland cloud and pine-oak forest, where it inhabits forest stages ranging from mature forest to cutover areas at elevations between 1,400 m and 2,900 m. Below 2,200 m it only occurs in tall mature forests. Possible specimens from Guatemala have not yet been confirmed.[1]


The Chiapan deer mouse is categorized as Vulnerable by the IUCN as suitable habitat in its restricted range is estimated to have shrunk by more than 50% in the last 30 years.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Álvarez-Castañeda, S.T.; Castro-Arellano, I.; Lacher, T.; Vázquez, E. & Arroyo-Cabrales, J. (2008). "Peromyscus zarhynchus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2008: e.T16697A6295387. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Musser, G. G.; Carleton, M. D. (2005). "Superfamily Muroidea". In D. E. Wilson; D. M. Reeder. Mammal Species of the World: a Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 894–1531.