Silky pocket mouse

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Silky pocket mouse
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Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Heteromyidae
Genus: Perognathus
Species: P. flavus
Binomial name
Perognathus flavus
Baird, 1855
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The silky pocket mouse (Perognathus flavus) is a species of rodent in the family Heteromyidae. It is found in Mexico, the United States, and South America. It is a species of least concern, according to the IUCN, with no known major threats. They eat seeds, succulent plant parts, nuts, and carry food in their cheeks. The silky pocket mouse lives in low valley bottoms with soft soils, where they can live among weeds and shrubs and burrow in the sand and bury seed caches.[2] They are more tolerant to harsh habitat conditions than other pocket mice.


  1. ^ Linzey, A.V., Timm, R., Álvarez-Castañeda, S.T., Castro-Arellano, I. & Lacher, T. (2008). Perognathus flavus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 22 January 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern
  2. ^ T.Robyn observations,2012-13