Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Muridae

Scientific Name: Gerbillus cosensis
Species Authority: Dollman, 1914
Common Name(s):
English Cosens's Gerbil

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Schlitter, D.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Data Deficient since, although it has been recorded over a very wide area, there are only very few records, and very little is known about its status and habitat requirements.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Data Deficient (DD)
1996 Critically Endangered (CR)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is largely found in northwestern Kenya and northeastern Uganda, especially around Lake Turkana.
Countries occurrence:
Kenya; Uganda
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Population [top]

Population: The population abundance is unknown, but historical records suggest that it is uncommon.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This is a semi-desert species found in areas of open, sandy, gravel plains with sparse vegetation.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known if the species is present in any protected areas. Further studies are needed into the distribution, abundance, reproduction and ecology of this species.

Citation: Schlitter, D. 2008. Gerbillus cosensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T9114A12959235. . Downloaded on 10 October 2015.
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