Spermophilus spilosoma


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Spermophilus spilosoma
Species Authority: Bennett, 1833
Common Name(s):
English Spotted Ground Squirrel

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Linzey, A.V., Timm, R., Álvarez-Castañeda, S.T., Castro-Arellano, I. & Lacher, T.
Reviewer(s): McKnight, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team), Amori, G., Koprowski, J. & Roth, L. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, and because it does not appear to be under threat and is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is found in the arid and semi-arid regions of southwestern United States and northern Mexico. In the United States, it occurs from southeastern Wyoming and southern South Dakota to western Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. In Mexico, it occurs from northern Sonora, Chihuahua, and Coahuila south to northern Jalisco and northern Guanajuato, and also in Tamaulipas. This species occurs up to 2,100 m asl.
Mexico; United States (Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah - Possibly Extinct, Wyoming)
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Population [top]

Population: Fairly common. Densities of 2 -7individuals/ha have been reported for this species.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found in deep, sandy soils with sparse vegetation, including short-grass mesas, desert scrub, and heavily grazed habitats. It is also found also in grassy urban parks.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): None known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no known conservation measures specific to this species. However, there are several protected areas within its range.

Citation: Linzey, A.V., Timm, R., Álvarez-Castañeda, S.T., Castro-Arellano, I. & Lacher, T. 2008. Spermophilus spilosoma. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 01 March 2015.
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