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SPECIES Eospalax fontanierii

Author:Milne-Edwards, 1867.
Citation:Ann. Sci. Nat. (Paris), 7: 376.
Common Name:Chinese Zokor
Type Locality:China, Kansu.
Distribution:Forests, steppes, scrub, and farmland in NC China (N Qinghai, N Sichuan, NGansu, Ningxia, N Shaanxi, Henen, N Shanxi, Shandong, Beijing, Jilin, Hebei, and Nei Mongol; Qin, 1991; Zhang et al., 1997).
Status:IUCN – Vulnerable as Myospalax fontanierii.
Comments:In same monophyletic group as E. smithii and E. rothschildi, which is comparable to Ellerman’s (1941) fontanierii and smithii groups, and Zheng’s (1994) Prosiphneinae. Fan and Shi (1982) recognized cansus and baileyi as species, but Li and Chen (1987, 1989) argued for their recognition as subspecies of M. fontanierii based upon analyses of morphology, karyology, and LDH isozymes. They were included in E. fontanierii by G. M. Allen (1940) and also by Zhang et al. (1997); Wang (2003) treated rufescens as a species with baileyi as a subspecies. Burrowing behavior recorded and quantified by Wang et al. (1994, as M. baileyi).



    baileyi Thomas, 1911
    cansus Lyon, 1907
    fontanus Thomas, 1912
    kukunoriensis Lönnberg, 1926
    rufescens (J. A. Allen, 1909)
    shenseius Thomas, 1911

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