Gerbillus nanus

Gerbillus nanus Blanford, 1875

Common Names

Baluchistan Gerbil (English), جربوع بلوخستان (Arabic)

Languages: English

Overview

Description

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.

Conservation

Status in Egypt

Native, resident?

Description

Behaviour

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.

Size

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

Ecology and Distribution

Distribution in Egypt

Localized (South Sinai).

Habitat

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

References

I., Helmy., & D. Osborn. (1980).  The Contemporary Land Mammals of Egypt (including Sinai) Field Museum of Natural History, no. 5, Cairo..
M., Basuony., F. Gilbert., & S. Zalat. (2010).  Mammals of Egypt: Atlas, Red Data Listing & Conservation, Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, Cairo..
R., Hoath. (2003).  A Field Guide to the Mammals of Egypt, The American University in Cairo Press, Cairo..