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SPECIES Alticola (Alticola) argentatus

Author:Severtzov, 1879.
Citation:Izv. Soc. Nat. Anthrop. Etnogr., 8(2): 82.
Common Name:Silver Mountain Vole
Type Locality:Tajikistan, Pamir Mountains, Murgab District, Alichur.
Distribution:Tien Shan mountains from Xinjiang in NW China (Ma et al., 1987); southwest through mountains of E Kazakhstan (Dzhungarskiy Alatau and other highlands) and Kyrgyzstan (Talasskiy Alatau and other local ranges); to Pamir Mtns of S Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, NW India (Agrawal, 2000, discussed under A. blanfordi), and the Hindu Kush of NW Pakistan and N Afghanistan; not present in Tibet or Himalayas.
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Subgenus Alticola, A. roylei-A. argentatus species group. Included under A. roylei by Ellerman and Morrison-Scott (1951) and Corbet (1978c), but separated as a species by Rossolimo (1989) and Rossolimo and Pavlinov (1992). Rossolimo and Pavlinov (1992) speculated that A. argentatus descended from a Himalayan form morphologically similar to A. roylei, and in turn was the ancestor to northern A. tuvinicus. Trait-frequency data of m1s and M3s among 10 geographic samples documented by Tokmergenov (1992); M3 variation analyzed with geometric techniques by Pavlinov et al. (1994). See Rossolimo et al. (1994) for recognized subspecies.
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Synonyms:

    alaica Rosanov, 1935
    argurus (Thomas, 1909)
    blanfordi (Scully, 1880)
    gracilis Kashkarov, 1923
    lahulius Hinton, 1926
    leucurus (Severtsov, 1873)
    longicauda Kashkarov, 1923
    longicaudata Ognev, 1950
    parvidens Schlitter and Setzer, 1973
    phasma Miller, 1912
    rosanovi Ognev, 1940
    saurica Afanasiev and Bazhanov, 1948
    shnitnikovi Ognev, 1940
    severtzovi (Tichomirov and Korchagin, 1889)
    subluteus Thomas, 1914
    tarasovi Rossolimo and Pavlinov, 1992
    villosa Kashkarov, 1923
    worthingtoni Miller, 1906

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