Sicista tianshanica 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Dipodidae

Scientific Name: Sicista tianshanica
Species Authority: (Salensky, 1903)
Common Name(s):
English Tien Shan Birch Mouse
Sicista tianschanica (Salensky, 1903) [orth. error]
Taxonomic Notes: Reviewed by Gromov and Erbajeva (1995) and Shenbrot et al. (1995).

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)
Widespread and locally abundant. Population trend is not known, but there is no reason to suspect significant decline. Least Concern.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Distributed from desert steppes in piedmonts to alpine belt in Tien Shan (except western ridges), possibly Tarbagatai.
Countries occurrence:
China; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan
Lower elevation limit (metres): 500
Upper elevation limit (metres): 3200
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Population [top]

Population: Locally abundant, there are significant population fluctuations.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Inhabit mountain forests, coniferous and broadleaf, alpine and subalpine belts. Found in shrub area in piedmont steppes. Most abundant in forest-madow and forest-steppe at lower and upper forest borders. Active mostly at dusk. Hibernates, active period depend on altitude and can be 3 to 5 months. In Issyk-kul region active from second half of May - beginning of June till beginning of October. Feed mainly on animals (insects, molluscs and earthworms) in spring and first half of summer. Starting from June seeds and berries dominate in the diet. Reproduce once per year (in firs half of July), litter size is 3-7 youngs.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Unknown.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Occurs in some protected areas.

Citation: Tsytsulina, K. 2008. Sicista tianshanica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T20195A9177727. . Downloaded on 24 November 2015.
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