Tamias merriami 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Sciuridae

Scientific Name: Tamias merriami
Species Authority: J.A. Allen, 1889
Common Name(s):
English Merriam's Chipmunk

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Linzey, A.V., Timm, R., Álvarez-Castañeda, S.T., Castro-Arellano, I. & Lacher, T.
Reviewer(s): McKnight, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Southwestern United States and adjoining Mexico. It is limited to three counties in California (Kern, San Bernardino, and San Mateo) and a small area of northern Baja California.
Countries occurrence:
Mexico (Baja California); United States (California)
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Population [top]

Population: Common, although somewhat restricted in distribution.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Typically prefers brushy habitats, such as extensive chaparral-covered slopes mixed with pine and oak forests, pinon and juniper, or thickets along streamsides and around rock outcroppings.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): None known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no known conservation measures specific to this species. It is not known if the species is present in any protected areas.

Citation: Linzey, A.V., Timm, R., Álvarez-Castañeda, S.T., Castro-Arellano, I. & Lacher, T. 2008. Tamias merriami. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T21358A9274872. . Downloaded on 25 November 2015.
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