Pale kangaroo mouse

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Pale kangaroo mouse
Kangaroo mouse.jpg
A Pale Kangaroo Mouse in Nevada
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Heteromyidae
Genus: Microdipodops
Species: M. pallidus
Binomial name
Microdipodops pallidus
Merriam, 1901

The pale kangaroo mouse or Soda Spring Valley kangaroo mouse (Microdipodops pallidus) is a species of rodent in the family Heteromyidae. It is endemic to California and Nevada in the United States.[1]


Named for its pale-furred back and long hind limbs and feet, the pale kangaroo mouse is a large-headed rodent with fur-lined external cheek pouche. This species is bipedal, meaning that it generally moves around on its strong hind legs, hopping much like a kangaroo.[2]

It has a small size, measuring 22.4 to 26.5 cm long including the tail, and weighting 10 to 17 g.[3]


  1. ^ a b Linzey, A.V. & NatureServe (Hammerson, G. & Morefield, J.) (2008). Microdipodops pallidus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 14 January 2009.
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