Meriones chengi


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Meriones chengi
Species Authority: Wang, 1964
Common Name(s):
English Cheng's Jird, Cheng's Gerbil

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Smith, A.T. & Johnston, C.H.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Chanson, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern, because its extent of occurrence is greater than 20,000 km², it has a presumed large population, there are no known threats, and it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
1996 Critically Endangered (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)
1996 Critically Endangered

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to China, occurring in the eastern region of Xinjiang province (Turfan Basin) (Smith and Xie 2008). It occupies elevations usually above 1,000 m asl (Smith and Xie 2008).
China (Xinjiang)
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Population [top]

Population: There are currently no data regarding the population status of this species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species occurs in semi-desert or xeric grasslands and mountainous areas (Smith and Xie 2008). It creates multiple burrows, usually at the base of shrubs (Smith and Xie 2008).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are unlikely to be any major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no known conservation measures in place for this species. It may be present in protected areas. Further studies are needed into the abundance, natural history and threats to this species. In China, it has been regionally Red Listed as Least Concern (Wang and Xie 2004).

Citation: Smith, A.T. & Johnston, C.H. 2008. Meriones chengi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 28 March 2015.
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