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SPECIES Spermophilus (see comments) brevicauda

Author:Brandt, 1843.
Citation:Bull. Acad. Sci., St. Petersbourg: 364.
Common Name:Brandt’s Ground Squirrel
Type Locality:"Habitat, ut videtur, in provincis Altaicis australiorbis versus lacum Balchasch" (Ognev, 1947:83). Ellerman and Morrison-Scott (1966:508) however, cite "Zaisan basin", after Kuznetsov (1944).
Distribution:Zaisan depression south and westward along the Tien Shan mountains to the vicinity of Almaty, on both sides of the Kazakh-Chinese border (see Ma et al., 1987).
Comments:Subgenus Colobotis according to Gromov et al. (1965:315), but see Hall (1981:381) who included Colobotis in subgenus Spermophilus. See comments in erythrogenys, of which brevicauda was long considered a subspecies. A phylogeny based on molecular sequence data separates brevicauda from erythrogenys, pallidicauda, and alashanicus (Harrison et al., 2003).



    carruthersi (Thomas, 1912)
    intermedius (Brandt, 1844)
    ilensis (Belyaev, 1945)
    saryarka (Selevin, 1937)
    selevini (Argyropolu, 1941)

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