Selevinia betpakdalaensis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Selevinia betpakdalaensis
Species Authority: Belosludov & Bazhanov, 1939
Common Name(s):
English Desert Dormouse
Selevinia paradoxa Argyropulo & Vinogradov, 1939

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient 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)
This species has a relatively large range (>100,000 km²), but it is rare, sporadically distributed, and very infrequently recorded (in total about 40 animals have been found from ca. 30 localities). It may be threatened by habitat loss. Assessed as Data Deficient.
1996 Endangered

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic of Kazakhstan. Distributed from Dar'yalyk desert (100 km to east from Dzhusaly) to Zaysan and Alakol' basins. Northern border is unclear. Findings near Bayanaul (Pavlodar region) need confirmation. Possibly distributed in NW China (Gromov and Erbaeva, 1995).
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Population [top]

Population: Rare, distributed sporadically, known from single findings. In total about 40 animals have been found from about 30 localities.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Inhabit rubbly, clay and saline deserts of northern type with dominant vegetation of wormwood and saltworts. Hibernates, active period is from March to September. Feed on insects, especially on locusts. Pregnant and lactating females were found from end of May to end of June. Number of embryos is 4-8.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat loss due to extraction of Spiraeanthus shrubs.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Listed in Red List of Kazakhstan (category III, and a species that requires special protection). Several areas withing the range were proposed to make protected areas. Breeding in captivity was unsuccessful.

Citation: Tsytsulina, K. 2008. Selevinia betpakdalaensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 31 March 2015.
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