Allactaga sibirica 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Dipodidae

Scientific Name: Allactaga sibirica (Forster, 1778)
Common Name(s):
English Siberian Jerboa, Mongolian Five-toed Jerboa
Alactaga salicus Ognev, 1924
Alactaga suschkini Satunin, 1900
Allactaga alactaga (Olivier, 1800)
Allactaga grisescens Hollister, 1912
Allactaga mongolica (Radde, 1861)
Allactaga semideserta Bannikov, 1947
Dipus brachyurus Blainvile, 1817
Dipus halticus Illiger, 1825
Dipus saltator Eversmann, 1848

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-09-09
Assessor(s): Batsaikhan, N., Avirmed, D., Tinnin, D., Sukhchuluun, G. & Lkhagvasuren, D.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
This species has a large population size and a wide distribution. No decline in population size has been detected, and there are no known widespread major threats.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Distributed in deserts (excluding sand deserts) and dry plane and mountain steppes (up to 3500 m asl) in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, N China, Mongolia, Tuva and Transbaikalia (Russia).
Countries occurrence:
China; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Mongolia; Russian Federation; Turkmenistan; Uzbekistan
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):3500
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:No data are available at present.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Inhabits steppe, forest-steppe, semi-desert and desert habitats, preferentially with clay, sandy gravel and stones. Solitary and nocturnal, although it may be crepuscular in spring and autumn. Reported to jump in bounds of up to 2 m. Its permanent burrows are less complex than those of A. major. Burrows extend approximately 5 m in length at a depth of 35-65 cm with no branches. Temporary burrows, in contrast, are shorter (60-120 cm long) and shallower (20-30 cm deep). In southern parts of the area hibernates from September to April in soft nests constructed in its burrow. In northern parts of the area hibernation starts later, after first snow. In spring it is reported to live primarily off of bulbs of Gagea uniflora, although it is also reported to be the most carnivorous of jerboas, eating insects, locusts, and beetles. It also includes leaves, stems and seeds in its diet. Breeding begins in April or May and 1-2 litters may be born in an extended breeding season. Litters normally consist of 2-5 young, although litters of 8-9 have been reported.
Generation Length (years):1-2

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No available data.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Occurs in protected areas around the range (approximately 12% of the species’ range in Mongolia). Further research is recommended.

Errata [top]

Errata reason: This errata assessment has been created because the map was accidentally left out of the version published previously.

Citation: Batsaikhan, N., Avirmed, D., Tinnin, D., Sukhchuluun, G. & Lkhagvasuren, D. 2016. Allactaga sibirica. (errata version published in 2017) The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T859A115053235. . Downloaded on 20 September 2017.
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