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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.
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Synonyms:

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

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