San Quintin kangaroo rat

San Quintin kangaroo rat

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Dipodomys gravipes

The San Quintin kangaroo rat is a species of rodent in the family Heteromyidae. It is endemic to Mexico, where it is known only from western Baja Califinia. Its natural habitat includes arid lowlands with sparse vegetation. The first description of this species was made in 1925 by Laurence M. Huey, an American zoologist. At that time, two large colonies of this kangaroo rat were known, but since then, the area they occupied has been converted to farmland. Until 2017, no specimens had been found since 1986 and the IUCN listed the species as "critically endangered" and possibly extinct. However, in 2017, the species was rediscovered in the Valle Tranquilo Nature Preserve by researchers from the San Diego Natural History Museum; these findings were detailed in a report published in 2018.

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1. San Quintin kangaroo rat Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Quintin_kangaroo_rat
2. San Quintin kangaroo rat on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/6676/22227742

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