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SPECIES Ellobius (Ellobius) talpinus

Author:Pallas, 1770.
Citation:Nova Comm. Acad. Sci. Petropoli, 14(I): 568.
Common Name:Northern Mole Vole
Type Locality:Russia, W Bank of Volga River, between Kuibyshev (= Samara) and Kostychi.
Distribution:Steppes of S Ukraine and Crimea, east through Kazakhstan to N of Balkhash Lake, and in Turkmenistan.
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Subgenus Ellobius. Chromosomal polymorphism among samples from the Pamir-Alai Mtns analyzed by Lyapunova et al. (1980); other chromosomal data summarized by Zima and Kral (1984a). Cytological determination of Turkmenian populations as E. talpinus and comparisons with E. tancrei provided by Yakimenko and Lyapunova (1986); distribution and habitat preference in the Crimea detailed by Tovpinets (1993); in E Turkmenistan, E. talpinus and E. tancrei are separated by the Amudarya River (Marochkina, 1996).
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Synonyms:

    ciscaucasicus Sviridenko, 1936
    murinus (Pallas, 1770)
    rufescens (Eversmann, 1850)
    tanaiticus Zubko, 1940
    transcaspiae Thomas, 1912

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