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SPECIES Graphiurus (Graphiurus) rupicola

Author:Thomas and Hinton, 1925.
Citation:Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond., 1925: 232.
Common Name:Rupicolous African Dormouse
Type Locality:Namibia, Karibib, 3842 ft. (1171 m)
Distribution:Angola (M. E. Holden, unpubl.), Namibia (Thomas and Hinton, 1925) and NW South Africa (Shortridge and Carter, 1938), in a narrow strip from Mt Soque, Angola, south to Port Nolloth and Eenriet in Little Namaqualand, South Africa (see also Roberts, 1951).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Subgenus Graphiurus. Ellerman et al. (1953) and Genest-Villard (1978) listed rupicola as a subspecies of G. platyops, but Roberts (1951) recognized it as a distinct species, a position followed here based on my study of museum specimens, including holotypes. The northern distributional limit for G. rupicola was previously thought to be Kamanjab, Namibia, but I found two specimens from Mt Soque, Angola (in FMNH) that represent G. rupicola. Reviewed by Rossolimo et al. (2001) and Holden (In Press). See comments under G. monardi regarding enigmatic specimens from Dilolo, Dem. Rep. Congo.
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Synonyms:

    australis (Shortridge and Carter, 1938)
    kaokoensis (Roberts, 1938)
    montosus (Thomas and Hinton, 1925)

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