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Geomys bursarius (Rodentia: Geomyidae)

Matthew B. Connior
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1644/879.1 104-117 First published online: 28 July 2011


Geomys bursarius (Shaw, 1800) is a geomyid commonly called the plains pocket gopher. A stocky rodent morphologically adapted for a fossorial life, it is 1 of 11 species in the genus Geomys. It occurs in southern Manitoba, Canada, and throughout the central United States southward to Texas. It prefers open grasslands and agricultural fields and is considered an economic pest. The subspecies G. bursarius ozarkensis is considered a species of special concern only occurring in Arkansas and G. bursarius illinoensis is considered a species of special concern in Indiana.

Key words
  • fossorial
  • geomyid
  • pest
  • pocket gopher
  • rodent