Microdillus peeli 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Muridae

Scientific Name: Microdillus peeli (de Winton, 1898)
Common Name(s):
English Somali Pygmy Gerbil

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Schlitter, D. & Granjon, L.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern because, although it is seldom recorded, it occurs in an area of extensive, suitable habitat which appears not to be under threat, has a presumed large population (even though it is infrequently trapped), and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
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Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is currently known only from three disjunct localities in Somalia, although it is probably much more widely distributed both in Somalia and in suitable habitat in adjacent parts of Ethiopia and Kenya.
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Population [top]

Population:The population abundance of this species is not known. It is infrequently caught in traps.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It has been recorded in rocky plains and open, sparse semi-desert grassland. The species is nocturnal and takes refuge in burrows during the daytime (Nowak, 1999).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The threats to this species are not known, although it is possible that overgrazing of its habitat by nomadic livestock might be a threat in parts of its range.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no conservation measures in place and it is not known if the species is present in any protected areas. Further research is needed into the distribution, abundance, reproduction and ecology of this species.

Citation: Schlitter, D. & Granjon, L. 2008. Microdillus peeli. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T13332A3687900. . Downloaded on 19 September 2018.
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