Gerbillus nanus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Gerbillus nanus
Species Authority: Blanford, 1875
Common Name(s):
English Dwarf Gerbil, Baluchistan Gerbil
Gerbillus garamantis Lataste, 1881
Gerbillus quadrimaculatus Lataste, 1882
Gerbillus vivax (Thomas, 1902)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Granjon, L., Shenbrot, G. & Scott, D.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Temple, H. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
A common and widespread species with no major threats, hence assessed as Least Concern.
2004 Least Concern
1996 Critically Endangered

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Occurs in the western part of the Sahara and Sahel (from Morocco to Tunisia in the north and from Mauritania through northern Mali and Niger to Chad in the south). Also present in the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East through Afghanistan and Pakistan to northwest India.
Afghanistan; Algeria; Chad; India; Iran, Islamic Republic of; Iraq; Mali; Mauritania; Morocco; Niger; Oman; Pakistan; Saudi Arabia; Tunisia; United Arab Emirates; Yemen
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Population [top]

Population: It is a common species.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Found in desert, semi-desert, arable land and gardens. Mostly found in parts of the desert with relatively deep soil and abundant vegetation, such as wadis, oases, sebkhas edges and sand-clay plains or basins.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is found in a number of protected areas. No specific conservation measures are in place or needed.

Citation: Granjon, L., Shenbrot, G. & Scott, D. 2008. Gerbillus nanus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 30 July 2015.
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