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Latin name

 

Tatera leucogaster

Family

 

Smaller mammals

Size

 

Length 28 cm

Weight

 

70 g

Colour

 

Bright and silky, varying from buff to reddish brown; paler in the drier, western parts of southern Africa. Sides of face, chin, throat, remaining underparts and feet all white, and there is a small white patch on the forehead. Dark stripe along upper surface of tail; ears dark brown.

Appearance

 

The Cape gerbil and the Highveld gerbil, but neither of these species has a dark stripe along the upper surface of the tail. Tail-tipe never white, unlike some other gerbil species.

Habitat

 

Mostly in areas of sandy soil suitable for burrowing, with favoured vegetation ranging from open grassland to woodland.