Meriones shawi 

Scope: Global & Mediterranean
Language: English

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Muridae

Scientific Name: Meriones shawi (Duvernoy, 1842)
Common Name(s):
English Shaw's Jird
Taxonomic Notes: Meriones shawi does not include M. grandis (Pavlinov 2000, Lalis et al. 2016).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-09-03
Assessor(s): Granjon, L.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Aulagnier, S.
Locally very abundant, with no major threats. Therefore is listed as Least Concern.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:

Meriones shawi is endemic to the Mediterranean region. It is found throughout much of North Africa, ranging from the coast to as much as 500 km inland in northeastern Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt (it is present along the west side of the Nile).

Countries occurrence:
Algeria; Egypt; Libya; Morocco; Tunisia
Additional data:
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]


This species can be very abundant locally. In some areas it is so common that it is considered to be a crop pest.

Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:

This species is naturally associated with steppe habitat, although it ranges widely in cultivated fields. It increases rapidly in number during good periods of rain. It is a recognised reservoir for leishmaniasis.

Generation Length (years):1-2

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

There are no major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

There are no conservation measures in place; it is not known if the species is present in any 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: Granjon, L. 2016. Meriones shawi (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T42666A115519601. . Downloaded on 24 September 2018.
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