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SPECIES Blanfordimys bucharensis

Author:Vinogradov, 1930.
Citation:Rukovodstvok opredeleniyu gryzunov Srednei Azii [Key to Determine Rodents of Central Asia]: 45.
Common Name:Bucharian Vole
Type Locality:Tajikistan, Zeravshan Range, 8 km S Pendzhikent, near village of Zivan, 2200 m.
Distribution:Mountains of SW Tajikistan, possibly N Afghanistan; limits unresolved.
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (nt).
Comments:Reviewed by Gromov and Erbajeva (1995). Ellerman (1941) listed bucharensis as species, but it is usually included in afghanus (Corbet, 1978c; Ellerman and Morrison-Scott, 1951; Ognev, 1964; Pavlinov and Rossolimo, 1987). Morphometric analyses and chromosomal complement (2n = 48, FN = 52) indicate that bucharensis is distinct, with two morphological and geographical components, one newly described as the subspecies davydovi (Golenishchev and Sablina, 1991). See Pavlinov and Rossolimo (1987:195) for use of bucharensis instead of bucharicus.
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    bucharicus (Vinogradov, 1931)
    davydovi Golenishchev and Sablina, 1991

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