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Meriones grandis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA MURIDAE

Scientific Name: Meriones grandis
Species Authority: 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: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Hutterer, R.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Temple, H. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
Common and widespread with no major threats.

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:
Native:
Morocco
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Population [top]

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

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.
Systems: Terrestrial

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.

Citation: Hutterer, R. 2008. Meriones grandis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 22 October 2014.
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