Chaetodipus californicus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Chaetodipus californicus
Species Authority: (Merriam, 1889)
Common Name(s):
English California Pocket Mouse

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. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Ranges throughout the Sierra Nevada, Coast, Transverse, and Peninsular ranges of southern California and northern Baja California, Mexico.
Mexico (Baja California); United States (California)
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Population [top]

Population: This species is not common.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is strongly associated with dense chaparral, and forages along the edges between shrubs and small open areas. It is rare to uncommon in arid grassland, desert, and coastal scrub habitats.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The chaparral habitat within the range of this species is undergoing land use change due to grazing, fire, and urbanization.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no known conservation measures for this species.

Citation: Linzey, A.V., Timm, R., Álvarez-Castañeda, S.T., Castro-Arellano, I. & Lacher, T. 2008. Chaetodipus californicus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 01 September 2015.
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