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Lifespan, longevity, and ageing

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Maximum longevity: 4.5 years (captivity) Observations: One specimen lived 4.5 years in captivity (Richard Weigl 2005). Nonetheless, maximum longevity might be underestimated in this species.
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Behaviour

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Nocturnal species. Burrows in barren or sparsely vegetated solid soils, sometimes under shrubs. May wander long distances in search of food. The breeding season of Baluchistan gerbil probably in winter and the beginning of spring.

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Description

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Baluchistan gerbil is a medium-sized gerbil. Hairs of the upperparts reddish yellow. Underparts, forelimbs and feet white. Upper surface color of the tail as back with gray spots at distal end and underside silver. Tail brush pale gray and obvious. Palm and sole of the feet with hairs, extending between pads.

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Distribution in Egypt

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Localized (South Sinai).

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Habitat

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Baluchistan gerbil inhabits in salt marshes, sandy and semi-deserts from sea level up to 1000 m.

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Size

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Body length: 140–235 mm. Tail length: 80–145 mm.

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Status in Egypt

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Native, resident?

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Balochistan gerbil

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The Balochistan gerbil or dwarf gerbil (Gerbillus nanus), is distributed mainly from Morocco across north Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, the Middle East and western Asia. This is a common species with a wide distribution which faces no obvious threats, so the International Union for Conservation of Nature has rated its conservation status as being of "least concern".[1]

Description

The Balochistan gerbil is a medium-sized, slender species that somewhat resembles Wagner's gerbil (Dipodillus dasyurus). Its head-and-body length is between 140 and 235 mm (5.5 and 9.3 in) and its tail is between 80 and 145 mm (3.1 and 5.7 in). The upper parts are yellowish-brown, tinged with grey; this is because the individual hairs have grey bases. The flanks are less grey. The underparts and inside of the limbs are white, and there is a sharp line delineating the boundary between upper and lower parts. There are separate white patches above the eye and behind the ear, and a large white patch on the rump. The upper side of the tail is yellowish-brown near the base becoming greyer near the tip. The underside is white and the tip of the tail bears a boss of longer hairs, which are variable in colour, but usually grey.[2]

Distribution and habitat

The Balochistan gerbil has a very wide distribution across northern Africa, the Arabian peninsula and western Asia. Its range includes the northwestern region of Africa to the north of the Sahara, from Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, and the Sahel to the south of the desert, from Mauritania to Mali, Niger and Chad. A separate population is present in the Arabian Peninsula, the Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan and northwestern India. The typical habitat of this gerbil is desert and semi-desert where it mostly occupies better vegetated locations such as wadi's, oases and sand-clay basins and plains with relatively deep soils.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c Shenbrot, G. (2016). "Gerbillus nanus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T9136A22463551. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-2.RLTS.T9136A22463551.en.
  2. ^ Richard Hoath (2009). A Field Guide to the Mammals of Egypt. American University in Cairo Press. p. 174. ISBN 978-977-416-254-1.
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Balochistan gerbil: Brief Summary

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The Balochistan gerbil or dwarf gerbil (Gerbillus nanus), is distributed mainly from Morocco across north Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, the Middle East and western Asia. This is a common species with a wide distribution which faces no obvious threats, so the International Union for Conservation of Nature has rated its conservation status as being of "least concern".

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