Great jerboa

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Great jerboa
Allactaga major.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Dipodidae
Genus: Allactaga
Subgenus: Allactaga
Species: A. major
Binomial name
Allactaga major
(Kerr, 1792)

The great jerboa (Allactaga major) is a species of rodent in the family Dipodidae. It is found in Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. It mainly lives in deserts.

Fossil specimen

The great jerboa is the biggest of all species of jerboa.[2] The length of its body is 180 mm and its tail is 260 mm.[3] The great jerboa prefers ground that is made up of clay.[4] This type of jerboa likes to eat the bulbs of plants.[5] The plant bulbs it most commonly eats are the bulbs of Gagea.[6] To get to the bulbs the great jerboa uses its teeth. This allows it to dig out the bulb.[7] Other foods this animal will eat, but less commonly, are grains and bark.[8] It is common for several great jerboas to hibernate together in one nest.[9]


  1. ^ Tsytsulina, K., Formozov, N., Zagorodnyuk, I. & Sheftel, B. (2008). Allactaga major. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 11 February 2009.
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  • Holden, M. E. and G. G. Musser. 2005. Family Dipodidae. Pp. 871-893 in Mammal Species of the World a Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder eds. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.