MUSEO ARGENTINO DE CIENCIAS NATURALES "BERNARDINO RIVADAVIA"
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
DISTRIBUTION, NATURAL HISTORY, AND CONSERVATION OF THE PATAGONIAN WEASEL LYNCODON PATAGONICUS
PREVOSTI, F. J., TETA, P. Y PARDIÑAS, U. F. J.
SMALL CARNIVORE CONSERVATION
Año: 2009 p. 29 - 29
The Patagonian Weasel Lyncodon patagonicus is a small mustelid that lives in the Southern Cone of South America (Argentina andChile). The species is known from relatively few direct observations and collected specimens. In this paper we review available dataabout L. patagonicus to assess its conservation status. Information about its natural history is largely anecdotal, and suggests that itfeeds on fossorial rodents. Known record localities are based on specimens observed or collected during the nineteenth and twentiethcenturies. Its distribution encompasses herbaceous and shrub steppes and xerophytic woodlands, and presumably includes protectedareas. However, the presence of L. patagonicus in these areas must be reconfirmed, because most records of occurrence are more than10 years old. The perceived scarcity of this species in the wild could be real, but its relatively widespread distribution might protect itfrom the effects of environmental alteration and other human impacts. We conclude that field studies are urgently needed to confirm thecurrent distribution and ecological requirements of the Patagonian Weasel.