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Gerbilliscus brantsii

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA MURIDAE

Scientific Name: Gerbilliscus brantsii
Species Authority: (Smith, 1836)
Common Name(s):
English Highveld Gerbil
Synonym(s):
Tatera brantsii (Smith, 1836)
Taxonomic Notes: Further studies into the taxonomic status of this species are needed.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Griffin, M. & Coetzee, N.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
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.
History:
2004 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is found in the subtropical and wooded grasslands of most South Africa (excluding some of the south), western Zimbabwe, Botswana, central and eastern Namibia, southeastern Angola and southwestern Zambia. There is a record from northern Mozambique.
Countries:
Native:
Angola (Angola); Botswana; Lesotho; Mozambique; Namibia; South Africa; Swaziland; Zambia; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population: It is generally a common species with cyclic variations in abundance.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is associated with open areas, or plains, in subtropical and wooded grasslands on consolidated sands. It is sometimes considered to be an agricultural pest. This species is a major reservoir for the bubonic plague.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in protected areas in its range.

Citation: Griffin, M. & Coetzee, N. 2008. Gerbilliscus brantsii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 29 July 2014.
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