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SPECIES Calomyscus urartensis

Author:Vorontsov and Kartavseva, 1979.
Citation:Zool. Zh., 58: 1218.
Common Name:Urar Calomyscus
Type Locality:Azerbaijan, Nakhichevanskaya., Alindzhachai River, 7 km N Dzhul'fa.
Distribution:Extreme S Transcaucasus (Azerbaijan), far NW Iran (NW Azarbaijan Prov., specimens in FMNH).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (nt).
Comments:Calomyscus urartensis (2n = 32, FN = 42; Graphodatsky et al., 2000) is morphologically similar to C. mystax (2n = 44, FN = 46) and C. elburzensis (Vorontsov et al., 1979, and material in FMNH). Meyer and Malikov (1995) cited hybridization results in addition to chromosomal distinctions to support the status of C. urartensis and C. mystax as separate species. The morphological integrity of C. urartensis and our identification of the species in NW Iran are corroborated by multivariate analysis of cranial and dental measurements (Lebedev et al., 1998).
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