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SPECIES Myodes californicus

Author:Merriam, 1890.
Citation:N. Am. Fauna, 4: 26.
Common Name:Western Red-backed Vole
Type Locality:USA, California, Humboldt Co., Eureka.
Distribution:Coastal coniferous forest from the Columbia River south through W Oregon (Verts and Carraway, 1998:Fig. 11-97) to NW California, USA.
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc) as Clethrionomys californicus.
Comments:The name occidentalis was formerly applied to this species (e.g., Hall and Cockrum, 1953), but populations north of the Columbia River, which include occidentalis and caurinus, have been reassigned to M. gapperi (Cowan and Guiguet, 1965; Johnson and Ostenson, 1959). See Alexander and Verts, 1992 (Mammalian Species, 406).
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Synonyms:

    mazama (Merriam, 1897)
    obscurus (Merriam, 1897)

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