Dipodomys gravipes Huey, 1925:83

San Quintín kangaroo rat, San Quintin kangaroo rat



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last Record: 1986

Rediscovered in 2017

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct)



North-western Baja California, Mexico












Original scientific description:

Huey, L. M. (1925). Two new kangaroo rats of the genus Dipodomys from Lower California. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 38: 83-85.


Other references:

Best, Troy L. (1978). Variation in kangaroo rats (genus Dipodomys) of the heermanni group in Baja California, Mexico. Journal of Mammalogy 59(1): 160-175.

Best, Troy L. (1983). Morphologic variation in the San Quintin kangaroo rat (Dipodomys gravipes Huey 1925). American Midland Naturalist 109(2): 409-413.

Best, Troy L. and Lackey, J. A. (1985). Dipodomys gravipes. Mammalian Species 236: 1-4, 5 figs.

Brown, J. H and Nicoletto, P. F. (1991). Spatial scaling of species composition: Body masses of North American land mammals. American Naturalist 138, 6: 1478-1512.

Cab-Sulub, Leticia and Álvarez-Castañeda, Sergio Ticul. (2020). Analysis of the remaining habitat of an endemic species rediscovered. Mammalian Biology 100: 307-314. [Abstract]

Freudenthal, M. and Martín-Suárez, E. (2013). Estimating body mass of fossil rodents. Scripta Geologica 145: 1-130. [0.081-0.09 kg estimate]

Mellink, E. and J. Luévano. 2005. Dipodomys gravipes, pp. 613-615. In: G. Ceballos and G. Oliva (coord). Los mamíferos silvestres de México. Fondo de Cultura Económica – CONABIO. México, D.F.

Monroy-Gamboa, Alina Gabriela. (2021). The ghost mammals from Mexico and their implications. Therya 12(3): 1-10.

Patton, J. L., and S. T. Alvarez-Castañeda. 1999. Family Heteromyidae. Pp. 351-442, in Mamíferos del noroeste de México (S. T. Alvarez-Castañeda and J. L. Patton, eds.). Centro de Investigaciones Biológical del Noroeste, La Paz, México, 211 pp.

Stout, C. A. and Duszynski, D. W. (1983). Coccidia from kangaroo rats (Dipodomys spp.) in the western United States, Baja California, and northern Mexico with descriptions of Eimeria merriami sp. n. and Isospora sp. The Journal of parasitology 69(1): 209-214.

Tremor, Scott, Vanderplank, Sula and Mellink, Eric. (2019). The San Quintín Kangaroo Rat is Not Extinct. Bull. Southern California Acad. Sci. 118(1): 71-75.

Williams, D. F., H. H. Genoways, and J. K. Braun. 1993. Taxonomy. Pp. 38-196, in Biology of the Heteromyidae (H. H. Genoways and J. H. Brown, eds.). Special Publication, The American Society of Mammalogists, 10:1-719.







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