Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Heteromyidae

Scientific Name: Chaetodipus hispidus
Species Authority: (Baird, 1858)
Common Name(s):
English Hispid 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.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is found from North Dakota southward through the Great Plains to Texas, south-eastern Arizona, and north-central Mexico. There are two disjunct populations: one in central Mexico, the other in the Baja Peninsula.
Countries occurrence:
Mexico (Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Hidalgo, Nuevo León, San Luis Potosí, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tamaulipas, Zacatecas); United States (Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming)
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Population [top]

Population: This species is abundant.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Occurs in grassy habitats associated with pinyon-juniper, short and mixed grass plains, mesquite grasslands, tall grass prairie, and oak uplands. Prefers prairie areas with sparse or moderate vegetation; various dry grassland habitats. Prefer sandy soils, but will live where clay content is high. Can also occur in rocky or gravelly areas with heavy soils. Has been found in irrigated cornfields.
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. Chaetodipus hispidus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T4333A10796834. . Downloaded on 09 October 2015.
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