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Allactaga williamsi

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA DIPODIDAE

Scientific Name: Allactaga williamsi
Species Authority: Thomas, 1897
Taxonomic Notes: The subspecies Allactaga williamsi caprimulga from Afghanistan is likely to represent a distinct species, but a full taxonomic revision is needed.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Eken, G., Bozdogan, M. & Molur, S.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and while large areas of steppe in Turkey are being converted to farmland, it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is widely distributed in Anatolia (Turkey), the Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran and Turkey), and northwestern Iran, with an isolated population in central Afghanistan. It ranges from 360 m asl in the west of its range, to 3,200 m asl in Afghanistan (Habibi 2003).
Countries:
Native:
Afghanistan; Armenia (Armenia); Azerbaijan; Iran, Islamic Republic of; Turkey
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Population [top]

Population: This species is found at relatively low densities relative to other species of jerboas. There is evidence of local extinctions in central Turkey (Kefelioglu pers. comm.). In Azerbaijan, the species is considered common in semi-desert and foothills and mountain steppes and rare in lowland and riparian forests.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species occurs in steppe regions with sparse vegetation. It is rarely found in cultivated lands, although it occurs in secondary steppe habitats where open vegetation remains. Animals have been observed running on roads through pine forests (Çolak and Yiğit 1998). This species lives in burrows, and produces two litters of three to six young annually (Çolak and Yiğit 1998).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): In Turkey, the species is affected by the transformation of steppe regions to agricultural use, primarily for growing sugar beets. Steppe habitat has declined significantly in the last decade in Turkey (Kilic and Eken 2004).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species has been recorded from several protected areas. In Turkey, it is considered to be of conservation concern. There is a need to conserve suitable areas of steppe habitat and to monitor the abundance of known populations.

Citation: Eken, G., Bozdogan, M. & Molur, S. 2008. Allactaga williamsi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 22 December 2014.
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