A Brief Introduction to the Ammodile Gerbil

1. The ammodile gerbil is also called the wall or Somali gerbil.

2. It’s scientific name is ammodilus imbellis

3. It is a species of rodent found in the family Muridae

4. It is the only species in the genus Ammodillus

5. It is found in the countries of Ethiopia and Somalia

6. It enjoys living in tropical and subtropical dry lowland grassland.

7. it is a threatened species

8. it was discovered as a species by the British zoologust Michael Rogers Oldfield Thomas in 1904.

9. It is an uncommon species

10. Its habitat is threatened by severe overgrazing by cattle, sheep and domestic goats

11. It is a small gerbil that has a long tail that ends in a brown pencil which is darker above and paler below.

12. It has grey hairs at its base with a reddish fawn terminal band and black tip.

13. They are said to be very rare and are only known from a few specimens in a few localities.

14. They are recorded as data deficient


Mammals of Africa, Volumes 1-6, By Jonathan Kingdon, David Happold, Thomas Butynski, Michael Hoffmann, Meredith Happold, Jan Kalina