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These include fat sand rats (Psammomys obesus and Psammomys vexillaris), which are adapted to feed on the leaves and stems of salty succulents, as well as other desert-adapted species such as Meriones shawi, M. crassus, Jaculus jaculus, J. orientalis, Massoutiera mzabi, Ctenodactylus vali, C. gundi, and Pachyuromys duprasi.
Most of these species are small mammals and include four-toed jerboa (Allactaga tetradactyla, EN), North African gerbil (Gerbillus campestris), James's gerbil (G. jamesi), pale gerbil (G. perpallidus), lesser short-tailed gerbil (G. simoni) and sand gerbil (G. syrticus, CR), fat-tailed gerbil (Pachyuromys duprasi), and Shaw's jird (Meriones shawi).