Meriones grandis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Muridae

Scientific Name: Meriones grandis Cabrera, 1907
Taxonomic Notes: Previously included in shawi (Aulagnier and Thevenot 1986), but now considered to be a separate species (Pavlinov 2000).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-09-06
Assessor(s): Cassola, F.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Hutterer, R.

Common and widespread with no major threats, hence is listed as Least Concern.

Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:

Endemic to the Mediterranean (Morocco, N Algeria, Tunisia). Range overlaps with that of the closely-related species M. shawi in eastern Morocco, northern Algeria and Tunisia (Pavlinov 2000, Musser and Carleton 2005). Occurs up to at least 2,800 m in the High Atlas (F. Cuzin pers. comm.)

Countries occurrence:
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):2800
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]


It is common in suitable habitats. In some regions (e.g., Marrakesh) it is considered an agricultural pest species and its numbers are controlled.

Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:

It is common in relatively humid habitats in the mid-Atlas Mountains. It is present in all bioclimatic zones, and in gardens and palm plantations.

Generation Length (years):1-2

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

No serious threats are affecting the population at present.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

No specific conservation measures are in place or needed.

Errata [top]

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

Citation: Cassola, F. 2016. Meriones grandis (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T136460A115519732. . Downloaded on 24 June 2018.
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