Greater Egyptian jerboa

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Greater Egyptian Jerboa
Temporal range: Late Pliocene - Recent
Jaculus orientalis Plzen zoo 02.2011.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Dipodidae
Genus: Jaculus
Species: J. orientalis
Binomial name
Jaculus orientalis
Erxleben, 1777

The Greater Egyptian Jerboa (Jaculus orientalis) is a species of rodent in the Dipodidae family. It is found in Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, sandy shores, and arable land. It has been observed sheltering under, and eating desert truffles (Terfezia species).[1]

Stuffed specimen of Greater Egyptian jerboa (Jaculus orientalis), exhibited in the National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo, Japan.


  1. ^ Chatin A. (1891). "Contribution à l'histoire naturelle de la truffe: II Terfas ou truffes d'Afrique et d'Arabie, genres Terfezia et Tirmania". Bulletin de la Société Botanique de France 38: 54–64. 
  • Aulagnier, S. 2004. Jaculus orientalis. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 29 July 2007.
  • 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.

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