Monthly Archives: October 2017

A Brief Guide to the Rupicolous gerbil

1. The Rupicolous gerbil has the scientific name Dipodillus Rupicola.
2. It is found in Mali
3. It resides in dry savannahs and rocky areas to the right of the Niger river
4. It was first described by the zoologists Granjon, Aniskin, Bolobouev, and Sicard very recently in 2002
5. It is listed as a species of least concern.

A Brief Guide to the Somalia Gerbil

1. The scientific for the Somalia gerbil is Gerbillus dunni
2. It is found in northeastern Africa in Djibouti, Somalia, Ethiopia, and Eritrea.
3. They enjoy living in areas of dry grassland, dry savannah and rocky plains
4. It was described by the Zoologist Oldfield Thomas on 1904.
5. It is a species of least concern.
6. They measure about 8 mm in the head and body length.
7. Their tail measures about 165mm
8. They weight a kit 38g
9. They are not believed to be under threat as a species

A Brief Guide to the Lesser Short-Tailed Gerbil

1. The scientific name for the lesser short-tailed gerbil is Gerbillus Simoni
2. It has a shorter tail than other Gerbillus species
3. They have large eyes and ears which hint at their nocturnal activities.
4. They can measure up to 19cm
5. They reside in Algeria, Egypt, Lybia, Morocco, and Tunisia
6. They are found in stope grassland and cultivated areas, particularly areas of cropland
7. They are classified as a species of least concern
8. Its tail is dark on its upper parts and white underneath
9. They have whitish patches in their rump which make them easier to find in darkness.
10. They live in simple burrows underground

A Brief Guide to Lowe’s Gerbil

1. The scientific name for Lowe’s gerbil is Dipodillus lowei
2. It is found mainly in Sudan.
3. There are said to be less than 280 individuals of this species existing in the wild today.
4. This species is listed a data deficient. In 1996 however it was listed as critically endangered
5. It locality is in the Jebel Marra in the dharfur region of Sudan.
6. It lives at elevations between 2300 and 3000 metres
7. It resides under pumice rocks where there are dense grasses and herbs is a nocturnal and terrestrial creature
9. Threats to its existence generally come from vegetation degradation and sand encroachment
10. It was first found and listed by the zoologists oldfield thomas and Martin Hinton in 1923

A Brief Introduction to the North-African Gerbil

1.,The North African gerbil is also known  as Dipodillus campestris which is its scientific name.
2. It is a species of rodent in the family Muridae.
3.It is found in North Africa where its natural habitats are arable land and rocky areas of the Maghreb, and hot Saharandeserts.
4.has long soft fur and a relatively long tail. The dorsal fur is cinnamon to orange-brown.
5. Each hair has a grey base, a sandy or golden-brown terminal section and often a black tip.
6.The cheeks and throat are white and there is sometimes a dark stripe on the nose.
7. The underparts are white, with a clear division between the dorsal and ventral colours.
8.The legs and feet are white and the soles of the feet are bare.
9.The tail is about 40% of the length of the head-and-body, and is bicoloured, golden-brown above and white below.
10.The tip of the tail forms a pencil, a tuft of longer hair.

A Brief Introduction to Botta’s Gerbil

1. Botta’s gerbil has the scientific name dipodillus bottai
2. It is found in Sudan and northern kenya
3. It was listed as a species of least concern in 2006
4. It is known from a few specimens taken from four or five localities in a small area between the white and blue nile rivers.
5. It was discovered by the French zoologist Fernand Lataste in 1882 who named it gerbilus bottai
6. It is a small gerbil species
7. It has sandy brown upper parts and pure white underparts and limbs
8. It has a long tail that is bi-colored with dark hairs above and pale hairs below.
9. The hairs at the tip of its tail form a small tuft.
10. It is part of the family muridae