Allactaga hotsoni


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Allactaga hotsoni
Species Authority: Thomas, 1920
Common Name(s):
English Hotson’s Five-toed Jerboa, Hotson's Jerboa
Allactaga firouzi Womochel, 1978

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Shenbrot, G. & Molur, S.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern because, although it is seldom recorded, it occurs in an area of extensive, suitable habitat which appears not to be under threat, has a presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is distributed in eastern Iran and western South Asia. In Iran, it is found in Kerman, Khorasan and Sistan and Baluchistan Provinces. In South Asia, this species has been recorded in Afghanistan and Pakistan, at altitudes between 200 to 1,500 m asl (Molur et al. 2005).
Afghanistan; Iran, Islamic Republic of; Pakistan
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Population [top]

Population: The species abundance is relatively low for jerboa rodents, on average less than one animal per hectare (Shenbrot pers. comm.).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: In Iran, this species is associated with gravel and stony deserts in flat plains with a gravel substrate and sparse, mountain steppe vegetation. In South Asia it occurs in hot desert, though avoids steeper slopes in montane areas and also temperate deserts, and has been found to occupy gravel plains, stony peneplains, barren desert areas (Molur et al. 2005). It is a nocturnal species emerging from underground burrows at night to forage.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Very little is known about the threats to the species, however, the known habitat of the species is not suitable for agriculture.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species has been recorded from at least one protected area in Iran, Kavir National Park. In South Asia, it is present in Hazar Ganji National Park, Baluchistan, Pakistan (Molur et al. 2005).

Citation: Shenbrot, G. & Molur, S. 2008. Allactaga hotsoni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 02 September 2015.
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