Gerbillus nanus Blanford, 1875
Baluchistan Gerbil (English), جربوع بلوخستان (Arabic)
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.
Status in Egypt
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.
Body length: 140–235 mm. Tail length: 80–145 mm.
Ecology and Distribution
Distribution in Egypt
Localized (South Sinai).
Baluchistan gerbil inhabits in salt marshes, sandy and semi-deserts from sea level up to 1000 m.