Stephens’ kangaroo rat (Dipodomys stephensi)
Stephens’ kangaroo rat (Dipodomys stephensi) is an endangered species of open grasslands or very sparse scrub. Found primarily in the inland valleys of western Riverside County, it is known to occupy a few scattered grasslands in northern San Diego County, particularly on and near Camp Pendleton, the Fallbrook Naval Weapons Station, Lake Henshaw, Rancho Guejito, and Ramona. Stephens’ kangaroo rat resembles the Dulzura kangaroo rat closely, differing by averaging larger in certain measurements, in having a broader face and less distinctly striped tail, and other subtle features. It eats seeds primarily, along with some green vegetation and occasional insects.
Editors: Scott Tremor, Drew Stokes, Wayne Spencer, Jay Diffendorfer, Howard Thomas, Susan Chivers, Philip Unitt