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Gerbillus cheesmani

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA MURIDAE

Scientific Name: Gerbillus cheesmani
Species Authority: Thomas, 1919
Common Name/s:
English Cheesman's Gerbil

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor/s: Shenbrot, G. & Amr, Z.
Reviewer/s: Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Temple, H. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
A common and widespread species with no major threats at present. Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Arabian Peninsular, Iraq and Iran. The species also occurs marginally in Syria (one record: D. Kock pers. comm.) and Jordan. Found from sea level to c.450 m asl.
Countries:
Native:
Iran, Islamic Republic of; Iraq; Jordan; Kuwait; Oman; Saudi Arabia; Syrian Arab Republic; United Arab Emirates; Yemen
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Population [top]

Population: A common species. It was considered 'Least Concern' in the United Arab Emirates by Hornby (1996). It is known from many localities in Saudi Arabia. In Jordan, the species' density ranges from 2.71 and 3.75 individuals/ha (Scott and Dunstone, 2000).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This nocturnal, solitary species is found on sandy soils and mud flats in eastern deserts. In Saudi Arabia the species is associated with Haloxylon, Calligonum, Ephera alata and Artemesia bushes (Qumsiyeh 1996) which provide shelter. It is mainly gramnivorous but becomes omnivorous in response to available resources (Scott and Dunstone, 2000). Information on reproduction is limited but suggests an extended reproductive season in the Arabian Peninsular (Harrison 1972), up to eight young are born. In Jordan, the species is found in sand dunes (Scott and Dunstone, 2000).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Found in many protected areas.

Bibliography [top]

Harrison, D. L. 1972. Lagomorpha and Rodentia. The Mammals of Arabia, pp. 384-670. Ernest Benn Limited, London, UK.

Hornby, R. 1996. A red list of mammals in the United Arab Emirates. Tribulus 6(1): 13-14.

Qumsiyeh, M. B. 1996. Mammals of the Holy Land. Texas Tech University Press, Lubbock.

Scott, Dm. and Dunstone, N. 2000. Environmental determinants of the composition of desert-living rodent communities in the north-east Badia region of Jordan. Journal of Zoology (London) 251(4): 481-494.

Citation: Shenbrot, G. & Amr, Z. 2008. Gerbillus cheesmani. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 19 April 2014.
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