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SPECIES Malacothrix typica

Author:A. Smith, 1834.
Citation:S. Afr. Quart. J., 2: 148.
Common Name:Large-eared African Desert Mouse
Type Locality:South Africa, Eastern Cape Prov., Graaff Reinet Dist.
Distribution:Eastern portion of Southern African Subregion in semidesert regions (mean annual rainfall = 150-500 mm) where sandy plains, short grassy velds, and karroid shrubs on hard substrates predominate; ranges in C and E South Africa (Eastern, Western and Northern Cape Provs., Free State, Northwest Prov.), S Botswana (Smithers, 1971), most of Namibia, and extreme SW Angola (Crawford-Cabral, 1998).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Reviewed by Skinner and Smithers (1990) and de Graaff (1997aa). The species is now absent from KwaZulu-Natal in E South Africa but was present until about 60,000 years ago (Avery, 1991). Closely related to the extinct M. makapani, early Pleistocene Swartkrans cave sediments in South Africa (Avery, 1998).
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Synonyms:

    damarensis Roberts, 1932
    egeria Thomas, 1926
    fryi Roberts, 1917
    harveyi Roberts, 1951
    kalaharicus Roberts, 1932
    molopensis Roberts, 1933

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