Agile kangaroo rat

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Agile kangaroo rat
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Heteromyidae
Genus: Dipodomys
D. agilis
Binomial name
Dipodomys agilis
Gambel, 1848

The agile kangaroo rat (Dipodomys agilis) is a species of rodent in the family Heteromyidae.[2] It is endemic to southern California in the United States.

Relatively little information has been published on the natural history, life history, ecology, or behavior of the agile kangaroo rat. The species appears to be part of the Californian kangaroo rat radiation, which is derived from a common ancestor with Ord's kangaroo rat.[3] Best compared 19 morphological measurements from specimens from 34 populations across the species range, and concluded that the species is monotypic.[4] An observational study found distinct habitat differences between the agile and Stephens's kangaroo rats, with the agile preferring more shrubs and lighter soils.[5]


  1. ^ Cassola, F. (2016). "Dipodomys agilis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T6684A22228553. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-2.RLTS.T6684A22228553.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  2. ^ Patton, J.L. (2005). "Family Heteromyidae". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 844. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  3. ^ Hafner, John C., Jessica E. Light, David J. Hafner, Mark S. Hafner, Emily Reddington, Duke S. Rogers, and Brett R. Riddle. 2007. "Basal Clades and Molecular Systematics of Heteromyid Rodents." Journal of Mammalogy 88 (5) (October 1): 1129-1145.[1]
  4. ^ Best, Troy L. 1983. "Intraspecific Variation in the Agile Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys agilis)." Journal of Mammalogy 64 (3): 426-436. doi:10.2307/1380355.
  5. ^ Price, Mary V., William S. Longland, and Ross L. Goldingay. 1991. "Niche Relationships of Dipodomys agilis and D. stephensi: Two Sympatric Kangaroo Rats of Similar Size." American Midland Naturalist 126 (1) (July 1): 172-186. doi:10.2307/2426161.