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SPECIES Ellobius (Afganomys) fuscocapillus

Author:Blyth, 1843.
Citation:J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, 11: 887.
Common Name:Southern Mole Vole
Type Locality:Pakistan, Baluchistan Region, Quetta Div., Quetta.
Distribution:E Iran, Afghanistan, W Pakistan, and S Turkmenistan in the Kopet Dag Mtns; outlying population in E Turkmenistan, 500 km northeast of the central range (Marochkina, 1996).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Subgenus Afganomys. Chromosomal data presented by Vorontsov et al. (1980) and Lyapunova et al. (1980); in contrast to E. lutescens and E. tancrei, E. fuscocapillus has the standard mammalian XX/XY sex chromosomes (Just et al., 1995). Ellobius fuscocapillus does not occur today in the S Levant (Israel), but fossils document its former presence during Pleistocene intervals, about 220,000-110,000 and 80,000-60,000 years ago (see Tchernov, 1992, 1994, and references therein).
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    farsistani Ugarov, 1928
    intermedius Scully, 1887

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