|Scientific Name:||Meriones shawi|
|Species Authority:||(Duvernoy, 1842)|
|Taxonomic Notes:||Meriones shawi does not include M. grandis (Pavlinov 2000).|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Assessor/s:||Aulagnier, S., Granjon, L., Amori, G., Hutterer, R., Kryštufek, B., Yigit, N. & Mitsain, G.|
|Reviewer/s:||Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Temple, H. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)|
M. shawi is widespread and locally common. It is not under threat at present and is assessed as Least Concern.
|Range Description:||Meriones shawi is endemic to the Mediterranean region. It is found throughout much of North Africa, ranging from the coast to as much as 500 km inland in northeastern Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt (it is present along the west side of the Nile).|
Native:Algeria; Egypt; Libya; Morocco; Tunisia
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|Population:||This species can be very abundant locally. In some areas it is so common that it is considered to be a crop pest.|
|Habitat and Ecology:||This species is naturally associated with steppe habitat, although it ranges widely in cultivated fields. It increases rapidly in number during good periods of rain. It is a recognised reservoir for leishmaniasis.|
|Major Threat(s):||There are no major threats to this species.|
|Conservation Actions:||There are no conservation measures in place; it is not known if the species is present in any protected areas.|
IUCN. 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Available at: http://www.iucnredlist.org. (Accessed: 5 October 2008).
Pavlinov, I. Ya. 2000. Contribution to craniometric variation and taxonomy of jirds from the group "shawl-grandis" of the genus Meriones (Gerbilidae). Zoological Journal 79(2): 201-209.
|Citation:||Aulagnier, S., Granjon, L., Amori, G., Hutterer, R., Kryštufek, B., Yigit, N. & Mitsain, G. 2008. Meriones shawi. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 19 May 2013.|
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