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SPECIES Eothenomys custos

Author:Thomas, 1912.
Citation:Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., ser. 8, 9: 517.
Common Name:Southwest China Red-backed Vole
Type Locality:China, Yunnan, A-tun-tsi (= Dequen Xian; see Kaneko, 1996b for additional information), 11,500-12,500 ft (3505-3810 m).
Distribution:Recorded only "from the extreme north-west of Yunnan, the Likiang Range, the loop of the Jinsha Jiang River, and from central Sichuan," 2500-4800 m (Kaneko, 1996b:108).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:E. chinensis species group. Listed as a species of Anteliomys by Hinton (1926a). Whether in Eothenomys or Anteliomys, this distinct Chinese endemic has always been recognized as a species in faunal reports and checklists. Kaneko (1996b) explained why the holotypes of hintoni and rubelius represent examples of E. custos; inclusion of cangshanensis and ninglangensis follows Ye et al. (2002).
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Synonyms:

    cangshanensis Wang and Li, 2000
    hintoni Osgood, 1932
    ninglangensis Wang and Li, 2000
    rubelius Hinton, 1932
    rubellus (G. M. Allen, 1924)

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