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SPECIES Spermophilus (Spermophilus) musicus

Author:Ménétries, 1832.
Citation:Cat. Raisonne des Objets de Zoologie, St. Petersbourg: 21.
Common Name:Caucasian Mountain Ground Squirrel
Type Locality:"Il habite le Caucase sur les montagnes le plus élevées et pas loin des nieges éternalles." Restricted by Sviridenko (1927, see Ognev, 1963a:114) to "Ush-Kulan [Georgia]".
Distribution:N Caucasus Mtns (Georgia).
Status:IUCN – Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Subgenus Spermophilus (Gromov et al., 1965:249). Regarded by Ellerman and Morrison-Scott (1951:508) and Corbet (1978c:83) as a subspecies of pygmaeus. Gromov et al. (1965:249) and Vorontsov and Lyapunova (1970) provided evidence of specific distinctness. Molecular sequence data place it close to pygmaeus (Harrison et al., 2003).



    boehmii (Krassovskii, 1932)
    magisteri (Heptner, 1948)
    saturatus (Ognev, 1947)
    typicus (Satunin, 1908)

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