Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Muridae

Scientific Name: Gerbilliscus afra
Species Authority: (Gray, 1830)
Common Name(s):
English Cape Gerbil
Tatera afra (Gray, 1830)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Coetzee, N.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Least Concern (LC)
2003 Least Concern (LC)
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in fragmented habitat, across much of southwestern South Africa.
Countries occurrence:
South Africa (Western Cape)
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Population [top]

Population: The abundance, population size and trends for this species are not known.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found in areas of sandy soil on the friges of shrubland and Karoo areas. This species has population explosions during which it is considered to be a pest. (Coetzee com pers).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no known major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no conservation measures in place; it is not known if the species is present in any protected areas.

Citation: Coetzee, N. 2008. Gerbilliscus afra. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T21509A9293658. . Downloaded on 13 October 2015.
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