Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Dipodidae

Scientific Name: Eremodipus lichtensteini
Species Authority: (Vinogradov, 1927)
Common Name(s):
English Lichtenstein's Jerboa
Eremodipus lichtnsteini Shenbrot, 1990 subspecies balkashensis
Eremodipus lichtnsteini Shenbrot, 1990 subspecies jaxartensis

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Tsytsulina, K.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Temple, H. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
A fairly widespread species with no known major threats. Least Concern.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: From Karakum desert near Aral sea and western part of Uzboi to Ashgabat, Mary, western parts of Bukhara oasis, SE Kyzylkum and Chuya Moinykum. Isolated population in S Balkhash basin.
Countries occurrence:
Kazakhstan; Turkmenistan; Uzbekistan
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Population [top]

Population: Usually not abundant, up to 3 individuals per ha in Balkhash Basin, but more abundant in Kyzylkum. Population size fluctuates, rapidly decreasing once in 10-12 years.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Inhabit sandy deserts, mainly in matted and hillocky sands. In southern part of the range prefers vast sand massifs, in northern part prefers small sand areas separated by takyrs and salines. Sometimes found at oasis borders. Permanent summer and winter burrows ae on open speces, while shelter burrows are usually under bushes. Burrows are usually up to 60 cm deep (up to 80 in Balkhash region), with many exits. Feed mainly on seeds, except spring (April - May), when green plant parts are significant part of the diet. Hibernation is up to 6 months. One litter per year, 3-8 young per litter.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Occurs in some protected areas.

Citation: Tsytsulina, K. 2008. Eremodipus lichtensteini. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T7995A12880759. . Downloaded on 10 October 2015.
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