Stephens's kangaroo rat

Stephens's kangaroo rat

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Dipodomys stephensi
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65 g

Stephens's kangaroo rat is a species of rodent in the family Heteromyidae. It is endemic to the Southern California region of the United States, primarily in western Riverside County. The species is named after American zoologist Frank Stephens . The natural habitat of Stephens's kangaroo rat is sparsely vegetated temperate grassland. This habitat has been destroyed or modified for agriculture throughout the species' range; as a result, Stephens's kangaroo rat is listed as an endangered species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It occurs sympatrically with the agile kangaroo rat, but tends to prefer few shrubs and gravelly soils to the agile's preference for denser shrubs.

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References

1. Stephens's kangaroo rat Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephens's_kangaroo_rat
2. Stephens's kangaroo rat on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/6682/22228640

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