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.
Distribution in Egypt
Localized (South Sinai).
Body length: 140–235 mm. Tail length: 80–145 mm.
Habitat and Ecology
Baluchistan gerbil inhabits in salt marshes, sandy and semi-deserts from sea level up to 1000 m.
Life History and Behavior
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.
Lifespan, longevity, and ageing
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Gerbillus nanus
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 4
Species With Barcodes: 1
IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria
- 2004Least Concern
- 1996Critically Endangered(Baillie and Groombridge 1996)
- 1996Critically Endangered
Status in Egypt
- Granjon (2004). Gerbillus nanus. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved on 11 May 2006. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern