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SPECIES Alticola (Aschizomys) olchonensis

Author:Litvinov, 1960.
Citation:Zool. Zhurn., 39(12): 1889.
Common Name:Lake Baikal Mountain Vole
Type Locality:S Russia, Irkutskaya Oblast, Olkhon Isl, EC Lake Baikal.
Distribution:Endemic to Olkhon and Ogoi Isls, Lake Baikal.
Comments:Subgenus Aschizomys. Originally described as a species, later included in A. tuvinicus (Pavlinov and Rossolimo, 1987; Rossolimo, 1988; Rossolimo and Pavlinov, 1992), and eventually reinstated as species (Pavlinov and Rossolimo, 1998; Pavlinov et al., 1995a). Gromov and Polyakov (1977) suggested that olchonensis belonged in Aschizomys, as did Litinov (1960), but all subsequent revisions and checklists have associated olchonensis with the subgenus Alticola. Pavlinov (2002, in litt.) indicated that olchonensis does not belong in A. tuvinicus and should be returned to Aschizomys following the original describer. Both its specific status and subgeneric relationships deserve reassessment.



    baicalensis Litvinov, 1961

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