Turkish Spiny MouseAcomys cilicicus

Turkish Spiny Mouse
Turkish Spiny Mouse
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.
Turkish Spiny Mouse
Turkish Spiny Mouse
Turkish Spiny Mouse
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).