Taterillus pygargus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Muridae

Scientific Name: Taterillus pygargus (F. Cuvier, 1838)
Common Name(s):
English Senegal Gerbil, Senegal Tateril

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-09-01
Assessor(s): Granjon, L.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, 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:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Populations of this West African species have been disjunctly recorded from Senegal, The Gambia and Mauritania in the west, and from Niger and northern Nigeria in the east. Increasing desertification within the region could result in the movement of this species range southwards.
Countries occurrence:
Gambia; Niger; Senegal
Additional data:
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Population [top]

Population:This is a common to abundant species. It apparently suffered from the episode of climatic aridification of the 70s and 80s in Western Sahel, and its populations there have declined (Thiam et al. 2011).


Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Animals have been recorded from bush savanna and thorny scrub with avarage rainfall of 300 to 800 mm. It has also been found in recently formed sand dunes and soils that are poor in clay content. The species has been recorded from cultivated areas.
Generation Length (years):1-2

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species as a whole.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

It is not known from many protected areas, but it is probably present in the Djoudj National Park, Senegal (Bâ et al. 2000). Additional studies are needed into the taxonomy, distribution, abundance, general ecology and threats to this species.

Citation: Granjon, L. 2016. Taterillus pygargus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T21528A22416675. . Downloaded on 19 June 2018.
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