Habitat and Ecology
Life History and Behavior
Lifespan, longevity, and ageing
IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria
- 1996Critically Endangered (CR)
Asia minor spiny mouse
Acomys cilicicus are small terrestrial and social rodents, living also in large groups. The head and the body reach a length of 104–121 millimetres (4.1–4.8 in), with a tail of about 102–117 millimetres (4.0–4.6 in) and a weight up to 48 g.
The upper side of the body is dark gray, with purple reflections, while the lower sides are yellowish-white and the flanks are light brown. The tail is hairless, scaly and shorter than the head and body. The chromosome number is 2n = 36.
In captivity these mice reproduce and live for about 4 years. Since this species was previously considered endangered, there is a protection program and a government permission is needed for export from Turkey. Only a few zoos in the world have individuals of this species (Prague, Tallinn and Helsinki Zoo).
A. cilicicus was previously listed as Critically Endangered but is now considered Data Deficient because of taxonomic issues, as it may belong to the same species as the widespread and common northeast Cairo spiny mouse, A. cahirinus.
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- Stephan Aulagnier & Al. - Guide des mammiferes d'Europe, d'Afrique du Nord et du Moyen-Orient - Delachaux & Niestlé SA, Paris