The distribution, habitat and conservation status of the Turkish spiny mouse, Acomys cilicicus Spitzenberger, 1978
Erkut Kivanc, Hatice Mutlu Eyison and Seda Kiralp
The present study examined the distribution of Turkey Acomys cilicicus, Spitzenberger, 1978, the properties of its habitat and, because it is under pressure in its distribution area, its prospects for the future. The present study confirmed that A. cilicicus endemic species exists only in Turkey near Silifke, and like other Acomys species it generally lives in block calcareous rock fields. Although vegetation in this habitat was poor, A. cilicicus was an omnivore and will readily exploit animal food sources. This endangered species is restricted to a small and narrow distribution area along the coastline of southern Turkey, and if necessary measures are not taken, it is likely to become extinct in the wild in the near future.
Erkut Kivanc, Hatice Mutlu Eyison, Seda Kiralp. The distribution, habitat and conservation status of the Turkish spiny mouse, Acomys cilicicus Spitzenberger, 1978. J Entomol Zool Stud 2017;5(2):1443-1447.