Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Muridae

Scientific Name: Gerbilliscus gambiana
Species Authority: (Thomas, 1910)
Tatera gambiana (Thomas, 1910)
Taxonomic Notes: Treated by Musser and Carelton (2005) as a synonym of Gerbilliscus kempi Wroughton, 1906. We follow Happold (in press) in recognizing G. gambiana as distinct from G. kempi.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Granjon, L.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Least Concern (LC)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from the Sahel and Sudan savannas of Senegal, Mali and Niger. The distribution may be disjunct, separated by the inner delta of the Niger River (this is unsuitable habitat). It is also present on some coastal islands of Senegal.
Countries occurrence:
Gambia; Mali; Niger; Senegal
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Population [top]

Population: This is a common species, that is locally abundant and is occasionaly considered to be an agricultural pest.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found in woodlands on sandy and clay soils, and also in fallow lands and cultivated fields. It has also been recorded on sandy and mangrove islands of the Saloun Delta, Senegal.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Although there are no conservation measures in place;, the species is known from a number of protected areas.

Citation: Granjon, L. 2008. Gerbilliscus gambiana. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T45076A10979466. . Downloaded on 09 October 2015.
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