Psammomys vexillaris 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Muridae

Scientific Name: Psammomys vexillaris
Species Authority: Thomas, 1925
Common Name(s):
English Thin Sand Rat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Aulagnier, S., Granjon, L., Hutterer, R., Amori, G., Kryštufek, B., Yigit, N., Mitsain, G. & Palomo, L.J.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Temple, H. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
The taxonomic status of P. veillaris is unclear, which could imply a great variation in the size of the range. It is often confused with P. obesus. It is likely to be a valid species (R. Hutterer pers. comm. 2007), and with a relatively wide range and no know threats it may be shown to be a Least Concern species on future reassessment. However, currently there is a need to confirm its taxonomic status, range and habitat requirements to assess it beyond Data Deficient.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Data Deficient (DD)
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This North African species ranges from northeastern Algeria, through central Tunisia to northwestern Libya.
Countries occurrence:
Algeria; Libya; Tunisia
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Population [top]

Population: The abundance of this species is unknown. It is often confused with Psammomys obesus.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found in areas with consolidated sands with sparse, halophil vegetation. It is associated with Chenopodiaceae.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

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

Citation: Aulagnier, S., Granjon, L., Hutterer, R., Amori, G., Kryštufek, B., Yigit, N., Mitsain, G. & Palomo, L.J. 2008. Psammomys vexillaris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T18419A8233461. . Downloaded on 27 November 2015.
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