|Scientific Name:||Phodopus sungorus|
|Species Authority:||(Pallas, 1773)|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Reviewer/s:||Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Temple, H. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)|
A widespread species with no known major threats, hence listed as Least Concern.
|Range Description:||Distributed in dry steppes and semi-deserts of SW Siberia, E Kazakhstan, and in one isolated area in Khakassia (Russia).|
Native:Kazakhstan; Russian Federation
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|Population:||Precise data are unavailable. Population size fluctuations are significant. In some areas abundant and is a crop pest.|
|Habitat and Ecology:||Inhabits dry plane and mountain steppes, including sandy, solty and rubbly ones. Solitary. Burrows have multiple passages with one or two cells. Wintering nest can be up to 1 m below the ground. Often uses other rodents' burrows, sometimes lives very close to other species. Does not hibernate. Feeds on seeds, insects and larvae. In winter accumulates a large amount of hypodermic fat that helps them to survive freezing temperatures. Reproduce during warm time of the year, sometimes in winter too. From April to September has 5-6 litters (in Kazakhstan), with 4-11 young in each. Young start to reproduce when their weight is about 20 g.|
|Major Threat(s):||Unknown. Habitat degradation may decrease the area of occupancy.|
|Conservation Actions:||Species occurs in some protected areas.|
IUCN. 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Available at: http://www.iucnredlist.org. (Accessed: 5 October 2008).
|Citation:||Tsytsulina, K. 2008. Phodopus sungorus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 10 March 2014.|
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