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SPECIES Rhizomys sinensis

Author:Gray, 1831.
Citation:Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond., 1831: 95.
Common Name:Chinese Bamboo Rat
Type Locality:China, Guangdon, near Canton.
Distribution:S China (Yunnan, Guizhou, Sichuan, north to S Gansu and S Shaanxi, east and south through Hubei, Hunan, Guangxi, Guangdong, Fujian, Anhui, Zhejiang, and Jiangxi; G. M. Allen, 1940; Ellerman and Morrison-Scott, 1951; Wang, 1990; Zhang et al., 1997; Zheng and Zhang, 1990), N Burma (Ellerman, 1961), and N Vietnam (Dang et al., 1994).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Reviewed by Corbet and Hill (1992); G. M. Allen (1940) and Ellerman (1961) offered excellent portrayals concerning morphology, distribution, taxonomy, and ecology. Dao and Cao (1990) described reductus as a subspecies of R. sinensis from N Vietnam. Corbet and Hill (1992) listed troglodytes, which is based on Chinese fossils, in the synonymy of R. sinensis following Cao (1985), but Zheng (1993) documented fossils identified as R. sinensis and R. troglodytes from Pleistocene cave sediments in the Sichuan-Guizhou region. Wang (2003) recognized R. wardi as a species, with neowardi as subspecies.
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Synonyms:

    chinensis Swinhoe, 1870
    davidi Thomas, 1911
    neowardi Wang, 2003
    pediculus Wang, 2003
    reductus Dao and Cao, 1990
    vestitus Milne-Edwards, 1871
    wardi Thomas, 1921

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