California kangaroo rat

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Dipodomys californicus
California kangaroo rat
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Heteromyidae
Genus: Dipodomys
Species: D. californicus
Binomial name
Dipodomys californicus
Merriam, 1890

The California kangaroo rat, Dipodomys californicus. is a species of rodent in the family Heteromyidae.[2]


The California kangaroo rat is endemic to the Western United States, found in Northern California and southern Oregon. [3] Habitats include the (U.S.) Its distribution is from the Sierra Nevada foothills to Suisun Bay, and northwards in the California Coast Ranges to the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. [1]

It is an IUCN listed Least Concern species, due to the size of its distribution range. [1]


Dipodomys californicus was formerly included as a subspecies of Dipodomys heermanni, but differs enough in chromosomal and biochemical characteristics to warrant being recognized as a distinct species. [1]


  1. ^ a b c d Linzey, A. V. & NatureServe (Hammerson, G.) (2008). Dipodomys californicus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  2. ^ Patton, J. L. (2005). "Family Heteromyidae". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 844–845. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  3. ^ National Museum of Natural History: Dipodomys californicus . accessed 3.29.2013

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