Takla-Makan

Long Eared Jerboa

Scientific classification

Kingdom:

Animalia

Phylum:

Chordata

Class:

Mammalia

Order:

Rodentia

Family:

Dipodidae

Subfamily:

Euchoreutinae

Lyon, 1901

Genus:

Euchoreutes

Sclater, 1891

Species:

E. naso

Binomial name

Euchoreutes naso

The LEJ has a tail that is two times longer than it’s body, which can be 2.8 to 3.5 inches long. It has long ears (hence the name), and long powerful legs for jumping. They are nocturnal from what we know, although we do not have a lot of information

They are found in southernmost Mongolia to the Takla-Makan Desert, Mengxin, Aerijin Mountain, and Qing-Zang Plateau regions of north western China.

They eat mainly insects, and use sounds to locate their food.

Although this animal is not currently endangered, since it has just recently been brought to attention, people are already making groups to protect it.

FUN FACT: The first record of this animal on camera was in 2007!