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Dipodidae - birch mice, jerboas, jumping mice

Preble's Meadow Jumping MouseThere are around 50 species of small rodents in this family. Jumping mice are found in North America. One species, the Chinese jumping mouse, is found in China. Jerboas are found in northern Africa and Asia. Birch mice are found in Europe and Asia.

All of the rodents in this family have longer hind legs than front legs and get around by jumping! Jerboas are small mice-like rodents. They have long silky fur, very long hind legs, and long, tufted tails. They have very small front legs that they don't use at all for moving, they jump everywhere! Jerboas are nocturnal, they spend the day in burrows.

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

  New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

Meadow Jumping Mouse - Zapus hudsonius Least Concern
Woodland Jumping Mouse - Napaeozapus insignis Least Concern

  Pacific Jumping Mouse - Zapus princeps Least Concern
Point Reyes Jumping Mouse - Zapus trinotatus Least Concern

Other Species Around the World

Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North/Central America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH Species

Balikun Jerboa - Allactaga balikunica Least Concern Asia
Gobi Jerboa - Allactaga bullata Least Concern Asia
Small Five-toed Jerboa - Allactaga elater Least Concern Asia
Euphrates Jerboa - Allactaga euphratica Near Threatened Asia
Iranian Jerboa - Allactaga firouzi Asia
Hotson’s Five-toed Jerboa - Allactaga hotsoni Least Concern Asia
Great Jerboa - Allactaga major Least Concern Asia
Svertzov's Jerboa - Allactaga severtzovi Least Concern Asia
Siberian Jerboa - Allactaga sibirica Least Concern Asia
Four-toed Jerboa - Allactaga tetradactyla Vulnerable Africa
Vinogradov's Jerboa - Allactaga vinogradovi Near Threatened Asia
Allactaga williamsi Least Concern Asia
Bobrinski's Jerboa - Allactodipus bobrinskii Least Concern Asia
Five-toed Pygmy Jerboa - Cardiocranius paradoxus Asia
Northern Three-toed Jerboa - Dipus sagitta Least Concern Asia
Chinese Jumping Mouse - Eozapus setchuanus Least Concern Asia
Lichtenstein's Jerboa - Eremodipus lichtensteini Least Concern Asia
Long-eared Jerboa - Euchoreutes naso Least Concern Asia
Blanford’s Jerboa - Jaculus blanfordi Least Concern Asia
Lesser Egyptian Jerboa - Jaculus jaculus Least Concern Africa Asia
Greater Egyptian Jerboa - Jaculus orientalis Least Concern Africa Asia
Woodland Jumping Mouse - Napaeozapus insignis Least Concern North America New Hampshire Species
Comb-toed Jerboa - Paradipus ctenodactylus Least Concern Asia
Lesser Fat-tailed Jerboa - Pygeretmus platyurus Least Concern Asia
Dwarf Fat-tailed Jerboa - Pygeretmus pumilio Least Concern Asia

  Greater Fat-tailed Jerboa - Pygeretmus zhitkovi Near Threatened Asia
Baluchistan Pygmy Jerboa - Salpingotulus michaelis Asia
Thick-tailed Pygmy Jerboa - Salpingotus crassicauda Asia
Heptner's Pygmy Jerboa - Salpingotus heptneri Least Concern Asia
Kozlov's Pygmy Jerboa - Salpingotus kozlovi Least Concern Asia
Pallid Pygmy Jerboa - Salpingotus pallidus Asia
Armenian Birch Mouse - Sicista armenica Endangered Asia
Northern Birch Mouse - Sicista betulina Least Concern Asia Europe
Caucasian Birch Mouse - Sicista caucasica Vulnerable Asia
Long-tailed Birch Mouse - Sicista caudata Asia
Chinese Birch Mouse - Sicista concolor Least Concern Asia
Kazbeg Birch Mouse - Sicista kazbegica Endangered Asia
Kluchor Birch Mouse - Sicista kluchorica Near Threatened Asia
Altai Birch Mouse - Sicista napaea Least Concern Asia
Gray Birch Mouse - Sicista pseudonapaea Asia
Severtzov's Birch Mouse - Sicista severtzovi Least Concern Asia
Strand's Birch Mouse - Sicista strandi Least Concern Asia
Southern Birch Mouse - Sicista subtilis Least Concern Asia Europe
Tien Shan Birch Mouse - Sicista tianshanica Least Concern Asia
Andrews's Three-toed Jerboa - Stylodipus andrewsi Least Concern Asia
Mongolian Three-toed Jerboa - Stylodipus sungorus Least Concern Asia
Thick-tailed Three-toed Jerboa - Stylodipus telum Least Concern Asia
Meadow Jumping Mouse - Zapus hudsonius Least Concern North America New Hampshire Species
Pacific Jumping Mouse - Zapus princeps Least Concern North America
Point Reyes Jumping Mouse - Zapus trinotatus Least Concern North America

Additional Information

Key: profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio

Blanford’s Jerboa - Jaculus blanfordi profile Least Concern Asia
Blanford's jerboa is found in Iran, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Bobrinski's Jerboa - Allactodipus bobrinskii profile Photos Least Concern Asia
Bobrinski's jerboa is found in Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Comb-toed Jerboa - Paradipus ctenodactylus profile Photos Least Concern Asia
The comb-toed jerboa is found in Iran, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Euphrates Jerboa - Allactaga euphratica profile Near Threatened Asia
The Euphrates jerboa is found in Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Turkey.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Four-toed Jerboa - Allactaga tetradactyla profile Vulnerable Africa
The four-toed jerboa is found in Egypt and Libya.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Five-toed Pygmy Jerboa - Cardiocranius paradoxus profile Photos Asia
The five-toed pygmy jerboa is found in China, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and the Russian Federation.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Greater Egyptian Jerboa - Jaculus orientalis profile Photos Least Concern Africa Asia
The greater Egyptian jerboa is found in Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Greater Egyptian Jerboa - Jaculus orientalis profile Least Concern Africa Asia
The greater Egyptian jerboa is nocturnal.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Lesser Egyptian Jerboa - Jaculus jaculus profile Photos Least Concern Africa Asia
The lesser Egyptian jerboa is not just found in Egypt. It is also found in found in Algeria, Burkina Faso, Eritrea, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Western Sahara, and Yemen.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Lesser Egyptian Jerboa - Jaculus jaculus profile Least Concern Africa Asia
The lesser Egyptian jerboa male courts a female by slapping her with his short front paws.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Long-eared Jerboa - Euchoreutes naso profile Photos Least Concern Asia
The long-eared jerboa is found in China and Mongolia.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Meadow Jumping Mouse - Zapus hudsonius Photos Least Concern North America New Hampshire Species
The meadow jumping mouse is found in the United States and Canada. It is found in New Hampshire.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Pallid Pygmy Jerboa - Salpingotus pallidus profile Asia
The pallid pygmy jerboa is found in Kazakhstan.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Small Five-toed Jerboa - Allactaga elater profile Photos Least Concern Asia
The small five-toed jerboa is found in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, China, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Thick-tailed Pygmy Jerboa - Salpingotus crassicauda profile Asia
The thick-tailed pygmy jerboa is found in China, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Vinogradov's Jerboa - Allactaga vinogradovi Photos Near Threatened Asia
The Vinogradov's jerboa is found in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
Source:
Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Woodland Jumping Mouse - Napaeozapus insignis profile Photos Least Concern North America New Hampshire Species
The woodland jumping mouse is found in Canada and the United States, including New Hampshire.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes