Sicista kazbegica


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Sicista kazbegica
Species Authority: Sokolov, Baskevich & Kovalskaya, 1986
Common Name(s):
English Kazbeg Birch Mouse

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Bukhnikashvili, A. & Shenbrot, G.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Tsytsulina, K. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species apparently has a restricted range and is known from <5 locations. Its habitat is declining. Assessed as Endangered.
1996 Data Deficient

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from the Kazbegi District, Georgia (Sokolov et al., 1986; Sokolov et al. 1987), and adjacent parts of Russia. The species has only been karyotyped at two isolated localities.
Georgia; Russian Federation
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Population [top]

Population: The species is locally common in the northern part of its range (in Russia) and rare in Georgia.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The species is known from areas with a mixed forest habitat and subalpic zone from 1,500 to 2,300 m. The species occurs in subalpine meadows in tall grass. Feeds on insects, fruits and seeds. Hibernates. Litter sizes range from 4 to 7. Generally, birch mice are mostly active at night. They spend much of the day in shallow burrows. Species of this genus undergo a hibernation period lasting at least six months each year.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Overgrazing due to clearing of tall grasses is a major threat. Loss of tall grass from grass cutting for agriculture is also a threat in some areas. Habitat outside protected areas is projected to continue declining.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species is not known to be recorded from protected areas, it is not known whether the two localites are within the protected areas.

Citation: Bukhnikashvili, A. & Shenbrot, G. 2008. Sicista kazbegica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 03 September 2015.
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