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Dryomys niethammeri

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA GLIRIDAE

Scientific Name: Dryomys niethammeri
Species Authority: Holden, 1996
Common Name(s):
English Baluchistan Forest Dormouse, Balochistan Forest Dormouse, Niethammer’s Forest Dormouse
Taxonomic Notes: The following information comes from Holden (2005). Though D. niethammeri is larger than D. laniger, and differs in other proportions, both species have relatively inflated auditory bullae, a character that may be convergent (Holden 1996). This species was reviewed by Rossolimo et al. (2001). A much-needed critical revision of D. nitedula should include phylogenetic comparisons with D. laniger and D. niethammeri to elucidate intrageneric relationships (Holden 1996).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Gippoliti, S.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. & Gippoliti, S. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)
Justification:
Listed as Vulnerable because its extent of occurrence is most likely to be less than 20,000 km², its distribution is almost certainly severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its juniper forest habitat.
History:
2002 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is currently known only from type locality: 1.6 km east of Ziarat, northeastern Baluchistan Province, Pakistan (Holden, 1996). Its distributional limits are unknown, but it is believed to be restricted to a relatively small area within Baluchistan, and so its extent of occurrence is likely to be less than 20,000 km².
Countries:
Native:
Pakistan
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Population [top]

Population: This species is currently known only from three specimens, although an additional five specimens may exist in the collections of the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (Holden 2005).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is apparently restricted to dry steppe juniper forest in the Baluchistan Province, Pakistan.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The dry steppe juniper forest in the Baluchistan Province, on which this species depends, has been greatly fragmented and degraded due overgrazing by livestock, removal of wood, and expanding agriculture and human settlements.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is not currently known from any protected areas. Research is needed to determine its geographic distribution, abundance, ecological requirements, threats and conservation needs.

Citation: Gippoliti, S. 2008. Dryomys niethammeri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 22 December 2014.
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