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SPECIES Myodes centralis

Author:Miller, 1906.
Citation:Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., ser. 7, 17: 373.
Common Name:Tien Shan Red-backed Vole
Type Locality:Kazakhstan, W Tien Shan Mtns, Koksu valley, 9000 ft (2743 m).
Distribution:Known only from Tien Shan in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and adjacent NW Xinjiang, China (Zhang et al., 1997, as C. frater).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc) as Clethrionomys centralis.
Comments:A distinctive species related to M. glareolus. Recognized as valid by Hinton (1926a) and most subsequent systematists (Corbet, 1984; Gromov and Erbajeva, 1995; Pavlinov and Rossolimo, 1987; Pavlinov et al., 1995a), but Corbet (1978c) included it in M. glareolus. Some Russian (Gromov and Polyakov, 1977) and Chinese (Ma and Jiang, 1996; Ma et al., 1987; Zhang et al., 1997) researchers still use frater for the species or retain both as distinct (Wang, 2003). Chromosomal data recorded by Vorontsov et al. (1978), Sokolov et al. (1990), and Ma and Jiang (1996). Not surprisingly, allozymic analyses cluster M. centralis and M. glareolus apart from other continental species (Mezhzherin and Serbenyuk, 1992).
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    frater (Thomas, 1908)

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