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Pygeretmus platyurus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA DIPODIDAE

Scientific Name: Pygeretmus platyurus
Species Authority: (Lichtenstein, 1823)
Common Name/s:
English Lesser Fat-tailed Jerboa
Synonym/s:
Pygeretmus vinogradovi Vorontsov, 1958

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor/s: Tsytsulina, K.
Reviewer/s: Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Temple, H. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
A widespread species with no known major threats. Least Concern. However, the isolated population in Balkhash area needs further study and evaluation.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: W, C and E Kazakhstan and NW Turkmenistan (Holden and Musser 2005).
Countries:
Native:
Kazakhstan; Turkmenistan
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Population [top]

Population: According to Gromov and Erbaeva (1995) population density fluctuates significantly and at the highest years it could be up to 10 individuals per 1 km of tracking. According to Rogovin (Biodiversity Conservation Centre, 2008) the species is rare on the whole range. Namely, up to 5 individuals per 1 km of tracking in the north of the range, and 3-5 individuals per ha in south.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Inhabit clay semi-deserts and deserts, mostly those with saltwort and wormwood. In the northern part of the range found in sandy steppes. Burrows are simple, usually it is only one tunnel with several cells. Close to exit there is a widening of the central passage, where the jerboa can turn around in case of danger. Feeds mostly on green parts of saltworts, rarely on seeds and underground parts of plants. Reproduces once a year, litter size is 4-6 young.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to the species. Habitat loss may be critical for isolated population in Balkhash basin.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Occurs in some protected areas. Isolated population in Balkhash area needs further study and evaluation.
Citation: Tsytsulina, K. 2008. Pygeretmus platyurus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 19 April 2014.
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