|Scientific Name:||Jaculus orientalis|
|Species Authority:||Erxleben, 1777|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Contributor(s):||Hutterer, R., Kryštufek, B., Yigit, N., Mitsain, G., Palomo, L. & Shenbrot, G.|
Widespread species, which is considered to be relatively common, and highly adaptable to disturbed environmented, including arable land. There are no major threats to the species and it is safely considered Least Concern.
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|Range Description:||Jaculus orientalis has a distribution extending from Morocco, east through Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya, to Egypt, Sinai and southern parts of Israel.|
Native:Algeria; Egypt; Israel; Libya; Morocco; Saudi Arabia; Tunisia
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|Current Population Trend:||Stable|
|Habitat and Ecology:||The species is found in the deserts of north Africa and Arabia. It is a nocturnal rodent which may move considerable distances each night in search of food. Its diet includes roots, sprouts, seeds, grains and cultivated vegetables. |
J. orientalis is a sociable species, often being found in small groups. The breeding season extends over 5-6 months, beginning in February. Gestation has been recorded at approximately 40 days with a mean litter size of three.
|Generation Length (years):||1-2|
|Major Threat(s):||J. orientalis is reported as being a pest species of barley and rain fields and the Bedouin farmers affected by this rodent catch and eat the species.|
|Citation:||Aulagnier, S. 2016. Jaculus orientalis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T10913A22201033.Downloaded on 18 January 2017.|
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