Meriones libycus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Muridae

Scientific Name: Meriones libycus Lichtenstein, 1823
Regional Assessments:
Common Name(s):
English Libyan Jird
Meriones erythrourus (Gray, 1842)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-09-01
Assessor(s): Granjon, L.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Bukhnikashvili, A., Aulagnier, S. & Shenbrot, G.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Meriones libycus has a wide global range, occurring in North Africa (from Western Sahara and Mauritania to Egypt) and in Asia (from the Arabian peninsula east to China). Occurs up to 1,700 m (Roberts 1997).
Countries occurrence:
Afghanistan; Algeria; Azerbaijan; China; Egypt; Iran, Islamic Republic of; Iraq; Jordan; Kazakhstan; Kuwait; Libya; Mauritania; Morocco; Pakistan; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Syrian Arab Republic; Tajikistan; Tunisia; Turkey; Turkmenistan; Uzbekistan; Western Sahara
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):1700
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:It is a common species across its range.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:M. libycus occupies desert habitats, generally in areas with stabilized dunes (desert and semi-desert habitats). It becomes most abundant in unflooded river plains and it is often found close to wadis and dayas. It is sometimes found in arable land. It is a highly mobile species, frequently changing burrows or even migrating should forage conditions deteriorate.
Generation Length (years):1-2

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species. It is considered a pest in some areas, as it may feed on crops.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no specific conservation measures in place. The species is found in many protected areas. No specific conservation measures are recommended for this species.

Errata [top]

Errata reason: This errata assessment has been created because the map was accidentally left out of the version published previously.

Citation: Granjon, L. 2016. Meriones libycus (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T13164A115110005. . Downloaded on 15 October 2018.
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