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SPECIES Lagurus lagurus

Author:Pallas, 1773.
Citation:Reise Prov. Russ. Reichs., 2: 704.
Common Name:Steppe Vole
Type Locality:Kazakhstan, mouth of Ural River.
Distribution:Steppes, mountains, and northern deserts from Ukraine through Kazakhstan to W Altai steppes of S Russia, adjacent W Mongolia, and NW China (NW Xinjiang; Zhang et al., 1997).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Morphology, geographic range, and phylogenetic history described by Gromov and Polyakov (1977) and Pavlinov et al. (1995a). Chromosomal data reviewed by Zima and Kral (1984a). Using geometric morphometry, Courant et al. (1997) noted cranial shape convergence between L. lagurus and lemmings (Lemmus and Dicrostonyx) and discussed ecological parallels between these two groups. Although the present range of L. lagurus does not extend west of Ukraine, the species occurred in Europe and S England during the last interglacial and glacial cycle (Kowalski, 1967; Sutcliffe and Kowalski, 1976).
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Synonyms:

    abacanicus Serebrennikov, 1929
    agressus Serebrennikov, 1929
    altorum Thomas, 1912
    major Zazhigin, in Gromov and Polyakov, 1977
    migratorius Gloger, 1841
    occidentalis Migulin, 1938
    saturatus Ognev, 1950

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