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SPECIES Blanfordimys afghanus

Author:Thomas, 1912.
Citation:Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., ser. 8, 9: 349.
Common Name:Afghan Vole
Type Locality:Afghanistan, Badkhiz, Gulran.
Distribution:High steppes and semi-desert in S Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and C Afghanistan; isolated population in Great Balkhan Mtns on E coast of Caspian Sea.
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Taxonomy and distribution of Afghanistan populations reported by Niethammer (1970) and Hassinger (1973), karyotype (2n = 58, FN = 60 or 61) documented by Lyapunova and Zagorodnyuk (1990), and morphometric and karyological analyses provided by Golenishchev and Sablina (1991), who recognized three subspecies.



    afganensis Agadzhanyan and Yatsenko, 1984
    balchanensis (Heptner and Shukurov, 1950)
    dangarinensis Golenishchev and Sablina, 1991

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