Xerus princeps 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Sciuridae

Scientific Name: Xerus princeps (Thomas, 1929)
Common Name(s):
English Damara Ground Squirrel
Taxonomic Notes: There is some genetic variability in the species (J. Waterman pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-08-18
Assessor(s): Cassola, F.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Coetzee, N. & Griffin, M.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, it occurs in a number of protected areas, 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:This southern African species is mostly found in Namibia. Populations occur from the Fish River Canyon near Holoog (27°22'S) in the south of Namibia northwards following the western escarpment to Kaokoland (Herzig-Straschil and Herzig 1989), and then marginally in Angola. Records from South Africa in the Richtersveld have been attributed to this species, but require verification.
Countries occurrence:
Angola; Namibia
Additional data:
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:It is a locally common species.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is confined to parts of the Nama-Karoo and Succulent Karoo biomes where the average annual rainfall varies from below 125 mm to just above 250 mm. They occur mainly on mountains and among koppies and hills with sparse vegetation. Their warrens are found usually among rocky outcrops, and sometimes on gravel plains. Burrow entrances are often situated under stones or rocks (Skinner and Smithers 1990). It is diurnal and tends to be solitary.
Generation Length (years):3-4

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in several protected areas, including Ai-Ais, Namib-Naukluft National Park and others.

Errata [top]

Errata reason: This errata assessment has been created because the map was accidentally left out of the version published previously.

Citation: Cassola, F. 2016. Xerus princeps. (errata version published in 2017) The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T23146A115167567. . Downloaded on 23 September 2017.
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