Cape short-eared gerbil

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Cape short-eared gerbil
Temporal range: Pleistocene to Recent
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Subfamily: Gerbillinae
Tribe: Taterillini
Subtribe: Gerbillurina
Genus: Desmodillus
Thomas & Schwann, 1904
Species: D. auricularis
Binomial name
Desmodillus auricularis
(Smith, 1834)

The Cape short-eared gerbil, Desmodillus auricularis, is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is the only species in the genus Desmodillus. It is found in Angola, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. Its natural habitats are hot deserts and temperate desert.


  • Coetzee, N. 2004. Desmodillus auricularis. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 19 July 2007.
  • Musser, G. G. and M. D. Carleton. 2005. Superfamily Muroidea. pp. 894–1531 in Mammal Species of the World a Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder eds. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.