Liomys salvini

Animals of Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve

Estacion Biologica

FUNDECI/GAIA

Salvin's Spiny Pocket Mouse

Liomys salvini vulcani

Salvin's Spiny Pocket Mouse (Liomys salvini vulcani) is the most common small, ground rodent in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve, Nicaragua. It has been captured in mature forest, reforestation plots, and in yards of some of the homes along the shore of Lake Apoyo.

Liomys salvini Nicaragua

This Salvin's Spiny Pocket Mouse was captured during rodent population monitoring in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. The white underside is characteristic of Liomys mice. Photo by Jeffrey McCrary.

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Handling mice without sacrificing them is facilitated by the use of a ziplock bag, which permits observation of external anatomical details without requiring a tight grip on the animal. Photo by Jeffrey McCrary.

pocket mouse

Salvin's Spiny Pocket Mouse (Family Heteromidae) stores seeds in its jaws for later processing. By moving around seeds before eating them, this Liomys salvini may be an important seed dispersal vector. Photo by Jeffrey McCrary.

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Callouses on the feet of rodents can be diagnostic for the species. The callous pattern of Liomys salvini is shown here. Photo by Jeffrey McCrary.

Rodents

Salvin's Spiny Pocket Mouse has bicolored guard hairs on the upper parts. The dark margin extends downward on the front legs of the populations in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. Photo by Lukas Betthauser.

Liomys salvini

This species lives in burrows especially around rocks. An evening excursion with a guide can yield some interesting nature photography in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. Photo by Lukas Betthauser.

Do you have photographs of Salvin's Spiny Pocket Mouse in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve? Please share your nature photography with us by contacting us at apoyo@gaianicaragua.org.

Animals of Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve

Our blog entry 1 on Salvin's spiny pocket mouse

Our blog entry 2 on Salvin's spiny pocket mouse

Our blog entry 1 on variegated squirrels

Our blog entry 2 on variegated squirrels

Our blog entry on wildlife in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve

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wildlife Nicaragua

The environment of Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua, is natural and nearly unspoiled.

 

Liomys salvini

Seed collection is performed locally to promote the conservation of local genetic varieties for reforestation in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve.

 

Nicaragua

The forest inside the crater in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve contains dozens of mammal and reptile species.

 

Liomys

Thanks to the efforts of FUNDECI/GAIA and the contributions of visitors to Estación Biológica, these children can attend the new, beautiful "Heroes y Mártires de Xiloá" school near the shore of Laguna de Xiloá in Chiltepe Peninsula Nature Reserve. Photo by Belen Camino.

 

Salvin's spiny pocket mouse

Field identification of the reptiles of Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. Photo by Kolby Kirk.

wildlife Nicaragua

Many species of snakes such as this brown vine snake are among the common wildlife in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. Photo by Lewis Honour.

Heteromidae

This tiny snake, Tantilla armillata, was the first of its species to be found in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. Photo by Lewis Honour.