Meriones rex 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Muridae

Scientific Name: Meriones rex
Species Authority: Yerbury & Thomas, 1895
Common Name(s):
English King Jird

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Stuart, S.N.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Chanson, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, 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:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in the highlands of the southwestern Arabian Peninsula, from near Mecca in Saudi Arabia south to near Aden in Yemen (Al-Jumaily, 1998; Harrison and Bates, 1991). In Saudi Arabia the species has been reported from 1,350 to 2,200 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Saudi Arabia; Yemen
Lower elevation limit (metres): 1350
Upper elevation limit (metres): 2200
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Population [top]

Population: This species is apparently common in the Yemen mountains.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This jird occurs lives in large burrows amongst bushes, prefering raised areas bordering agricultural land, though it can be found in a variety of habitats. It is active in the evening and early morning. Burrows are shared with other rodents and lizards.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is an adaptable species that is not facing any significant threats. It is reported to cause damage to agricultural fields, and also acts as a disease reservoir of human infections.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known whether or not this species occurs in any protected areas.

Citation: Stuart, S.N. 2008. Meriones rex. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T13167A3416904. . Downloaded on 27 May 2016.
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