Meriones libycus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Meriones libycus
Species Authority: Lichtenstein, 1823
Common Name(s):
English Libyan Jird
Meriones erythrourus (Gray, 1842)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Aulagnier, S., Granjon, L., Shenbrot, G. & Bukhnikashvili, A.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Temple, H. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
2004 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Meriones libycus has a wide global range, occurring in North Africa (from Western Sahara and Mauritania to Egypt) and in Asia (from the Arabian peninsula east to China). Occurs up to 1,700 m (Roberts 1997).
Afghanistan; Algeria; Azerbaijan; China; Egypt; Iran, Islamic Republic of; Iraq; Jordan; Kazakhstan; Kuwait; Libya; Mauritania; Morocco; Pakistan; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Syrian Arab Republic; Tajikistan; Tunisia; Turkey; Turkmenistan; Uzbekistan; Western Sahara
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Population [top]

Population: It is a common species across its range.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: M. libycus occupies desert habitats, generally in areas with stabilized dunes (desert and semi-desert habitats). It becomes most abundant in unflooded river plains and it is often found close to wadis and dayas. It is sometimes found in arable land. It is a highly mobile species, frequently changing burrows or even migrating should forage conditions deteriorate.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species. It is considered a pest in some areas, as it may feed on crops.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no specific conservation measures in place. The species is found in many protected areas. No specific conservation measures are recommended for this species.

Bibliography [top]

Amr, Z. S. 2000. Mammals of Jordan. Jordan Country Study of Biological Diversity. United Nations Environment Program and Global Environment Fund Project, Amman, Jordan.

Cunningham, P. L. 2004. Checklist and status of the terrestrial mammals from the United Arab Emirates. Zoology in the Middle East 33: 7-20.

Harrison, D.L. and Bates, P.J.J. 1991. The Mammals of Arabia. Harrison Zoological Museum, Sevenoaks, UK.

Roberts, T.J. 1977. The Mammals of Pakistan. Ernest Benn, London, UK.

Smith, A. and Xie, Y. 2008. The Mammals of China. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey.

Citation: Aulagnier, S., Granjon, L., Shenbrot, G. & Bukhnikashvili, A. 2008. Meriones libycus. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 29 March 2015.
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