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SPECIES Alticola (Alticola) barakshin

Author:Bannikov, 1947.
Citation:Bull. Moscow Soc. Nat., Biol., 52(4): 217.
Common Name:Gobi Altai Mountain Vole
Type Locality:S Mongolia, Gobi Altai, Gurvan Saihan Ridge, Dzun Saihan.
Distribution:Low to middle altitudes in Tuva region (Kyzyl Valley), Russia; southward through Gobi and Mongol Altais, rocky outcrops over transAltai Gobi Desert and Barun Khurai Valley, to S Mongolia and adjacent China (Hou et al., 1995).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Subgenus Alticola. Included in A. stoliczkanus by Corbet (1978c) and Pavlinov and Rossolimo (1987). Subsequently revised as species and morphologically contrasted with the geographically adjacent A. semicanus in N Mongolia and A. stoliczkanus in China (Rossolimo et al., 1988, 1994; Rossolimo and Pavlinov, 1992; those authors described the range overlap of A. barakshin and A. tuvinicus and the possibile contact between the former and A. argentatus. Chromosomal data provided by Yatsenko (1980).
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