Conservation status

Most species of octodontids are locally common and not listed as species of concern by either IUCN or CITES. Two species, Octodonpacificus and Tympanoctomys barrerae, are listed as Vulnerable by IUCN, primarily because they display restricted distributions and habitat specializations that make them susceptible to extinction in the near future. In the case of O. pacificus, populations are confined to forest habitats, and recent agricultural activities associated with clear-cutting for cultivation are contributing to loss of habitat. Given the restricted distributions of Salinoctomys and Pipanacoctomys, these new species probably should be considered potential candidates for listing.

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