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SPECIES Marmota (Marmota) sibirica

Author:Radde, 1862.
Citation:Reise in den Suden von Ost-Sibierien: 159.
Common Name:Tarbagan Marmot
Type Locality:"Kulusutai, near Lake Torei-Nor, southeast Transbaikal" [Chitinsk Obl., Russia].
Distribution:SW Siberia, Tuva, Transbaikalia (Russia); N and W Mongolia; Heilungjiang and Inner Mongolia (China).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Subgenus Marmota (Steppan et al., 1999). Placed (with baibacina) in bobak (Ellerman and Morrison-Scott, 1951:515; Corbet, 1978c:81). Gromov et al. (1965) and Zimina (1978) provided evidence of specific distinctness and included caliginosus in this species; see comment under baibacina and sibirica. Steppan et al. (1999) found sibirica and himalayana to be sister species. Nikol'skii (1974) and Smirin et al. (1985) analyzed contact between baibacina and sibirica in Tuva and the Mongolian Altai; Sokolov and Orlov (1980:329) also indicated sympatry in NW Mongolia; limited hybridization is possible.
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SUBSPECIES sibirica

SUBSPECIES caliginosus

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