As their name indicates, Turkish Spiny Mice come from
Turkey, but in fact they live only on a single mountainside
in Turkey. The "Spiny" in their name comes from the stout,
inflexible guardhairs on their rump. They are also known as
Asia Minor Spiny Mice.
Like other Spiny Mice, they are related to gerbils rather than mice.
There are less than 250
of these rare rodents left in the wild. If they are a
distinct species, then they are critically endangered.
However, they may be the same species as (or a subspecies
of) the more common Cairo Spiny Mouse (Acomys cahirinus).