Dipodomys deserti 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Heteromyidae

Scientific Name: Dipodomys deserti Stephens, 1887
Common Name(s):
English Desert Kangaroo Rat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-01-28
Assessor(s): Álvarez-Castañeda, S.T., Castro-Arellano, I. & Lacher, T.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Linzey, A. & Timm, R.
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:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Its range goes through arid regions of the southwestern United States (California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona), extending southward into northwestern Mexico (Senora and Baja California).
Countries occurrence:
Mexico (Baja California, Sonora); United States (Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah)
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Population [top]

Population:This species is very common in suitable habitat. Density varies seasonally, but is typically 0.2-1.4 individuals/ha.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It prefers low desert with sandy soil and sparse vegetation, particularly stabilized dune areas with vegetation. In the United States, it inhabits dunes from -60 m (Death Valley, CA) to 1,710 m asl (Nevada).
Generation Length (years):2-3

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats are known. In some areas, this species is threatened by cars and recreational vehicles on dune areas. This species can live in disturbed areas such as agricultural zones were the soil has been overturned.

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: Álvarez-Castañeda, S.T., Castro-Arellano, I. & Lacher, T. 2016. Dipodomys deserti. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T6686A22228301. . Downloaded on 25 September 2017.
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