Calomyscus urartensis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Calomyscus urartensis
Species Authority: Vorontsov & Kartavseva, 1979
Common Name(s):
English Urar Calomyscus, Urartsk Mouse-like Hamster

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Shenbrot, G. & Kryštufek, B.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Tsytsulina, K. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Although the species is presently known from a relatively restricted range, and given the fact that the species occurs in a habitat that is not under any threat and that it may be more widely found in Iran, there is no reason to consider the species threatened.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is restricted to extreme southern Transcaucasus (Azerbaijan) and far northwestern Iran (northwestern Azarbaijan Province).
Azerbaijan; Iran, Islamic Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: Unknown.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Poorly known species. Inhabits rocky mountain steppe, including stone placer with shrubs and light grass and wormwood vegetation. Lives in groups or solitary. In summer only nocturnal, in spring and autumn also diurnal. Feed mainly on seeds, rarely on leaves and sprouts. Reproduce from end of March till beginning of June. Litter size is 3-5 young.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats identified based on similar habitat types for conspecifics.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Need research on distribution, habitat ecology and threats.

Citation: Shenbrot, G. & Kryštufek, B. 2008. Calomyscus urartensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 01 March 2015.
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