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SPECIES Lasiopodomys fuscus

Author:Büchner, 1889.
Citation:Wiss. Res. Przewalski Cent.-Asien Reisen, Zool., I:(Säuget.): 125.
Common Name:Smokey Vole
Type Locality:China, S Qinghai Prov., Yushu Autonomous Prefecture, Zhidoi Co., upper reaches of Zi Qu (also as Zhi Qu or Tongtian He) River, a tributary of the Yangtze; 33º40'N, 96º15'E (as restricted by lectotype designation by Hoffmann, 1996a).
Distribution:E Tibetan Plateau, western Qinghai Prov., C China; limits unresolved.
Status:IUCN – Lower Risk (nt).
Comments:Included in Phaiomys leucurus, whether as Pitymys or Microtus (Corbet, 1978c; Ellerman and Morrison-Scott, 1951; Pavlinov et al., 1995a; Zhang and Wang, 1963), but separated as a species and transferred to Lasiopodomys by Zheng and Wang (1980; also Musser and Carleton, 1993). USNM specimens of fuscus verify its membership in Lasiopodomys, not Phaiomys. Hoffmann (1996a) carefully described old expedition routes and collecting sites, selected a lectotype of fuscus, and documented sympatry between it and the wider ranging Phaiomys leucurus.



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