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SPECIES Pygeretmus (Pygeretmus) platyurus

Author:Lichtenstein, 1823.
Citation:Naturh. Abh. Eversmann's Reise: 121.
Common Name:Lesser Fat-tailed Jerboa
Type Locality:Kazakhstan, E shore of Aral Sea Kuwan-Darya River.
Distribution:W, C, and E Kazakhstan, and NW Turkmenistan (G. Shenbrot, in litt., 2003; see map in Shenbrot et al., 1995).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Subgenus Pygeretmus. Corbet (1978c) and Gromov and Baranova (1981) synonymized P. vinogradovi with P. platyurus without comment. Heptner (1984) agreed because he felt the differences between the two forms were not sharp enough to warrant specific recognition, a view followed by Pavlinov and Rossolimo (1987, 1998), Pavlinov et al. (1995), and Shenbrot et al. (1995). Shenbrot's (1988) results indicated that P. vinogradovi falls within the range of variaiton of P. platyurus, and that vinogradovi should not even be recognized at the subspecific level. Reviewed by Gromov and Erbajeva (1995), Shenbrot et al. (1995), Silverstov et al. (1969) and Sludskii (1977); detailed habitat data provided by Naumov and Lobachev (1975).



    platurus (Lichtenstein, 1823)
    vinogradovi Vorontsov, 1958

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