Dipodomys californicus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Heteromyidae

Scientific Name: Dipodomys californicus Merriam, 1890
Common Name(s):
English California Kangaroo Rat
Taxonomic Notes: Formerly included as a subspecies of D. heermanni (Hall 1981), but differs enough in chromosomal and biochemical characteristics to warrant species status (Patton et al. 1976). Baker et al. (2003) and Patton (in Wilson and Reeder 2005) recognized D. californicus as a distinct species.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-08-07
Assessor(s): Cassola, F.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Linzey, A. & Hammerson, G.A.
Listed as Least Concern because its extent of occurrence is much greater than 20,000 km², it is common, there are no major threats, and its range includes a few protected areas.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is found from Suisun Bay in northern California to the foothills of the Cascade and Sierra Nevada Mountains in Oregon. The isolated subspecies eximus occurring only at Marysville Buttes may be extinct.
Countries occurrence:
United States (California, Nevada, Oregon)
Additional data:
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:This species is apparently secure within its range (NatureServe).
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is found in the well-drained soils of valley grasslands, open chaparral, and open foothill woodland. Occupies underground burrows when inactive, and will burrow at the base of shrub, under rock or may use ground squirrel burrows. Uses paths of other animals, trails, dirt roads. Breeds mainly February-September, greatest activity February-April. Litter size is two to four. It may produce more than one litter annually (Kelt 1988). Diet includes seeds, green vegetation and small fruits (e.g. manzanita).
Generation Length (years):2

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no known threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is not of conservation concern and its range includes a few protected areas.

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. Dipodomys californicus (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T42599A115193510. . Downloaded on 23 June 2018.
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