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SPECIES Spermophilus (Spermophilus) mollis

Author:Kennicott, 1863.
Citation:Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 15: 157.
Common Name:Piute Ground Squirrel
Type Locality:"Camp Floyd, near Fairfield, [Utah Co.,] Utah [USA]."
Distribution:Two disjunct populations: in Washington, N of Yakima, and W of Columbia, rivers; and SE corner of Oregon, Snake River valley (Idaho) southward through Nevada (except extreme S), extreme EC California, and W Utah.
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Subgenus Spermophilus (Hall, 1981:383). Formerly considered a subspecies of townsendii (Hall, 1981:383), but differs chromosomally (Nadler et al., 1984). No hybridization between mollis (2n=38) and adjacent canus (incl. vigilis) (2n=46) has been reported (Rickart et al., 1985:97-98). Reviewed (in part) by Rickart (1987) as S. townsendii; see that account below.
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SUBSPECIES mollis

SUBSPECIES artemesiae

SUBSPECIES idahoensis

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