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SPECIES Volemys millicens

Author:Thomas, 1911.
Citation:Abstr. Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond., 1911(100): 49.
Common Name:Sichuan Vole
Type Locality:China, NW Sichuan, Weichoe, Si-ho River Valley, 12,000 ft (3658 m).
Distribution:Known only from the type locality and SE Xizang, Tibet (Feng et al., 1986).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Detailed descriptions provided by Thomas (1911e), G. M. Allen (1940), and Ellerman (1961); Lawrence (1982) described traits that distinguish it from V. musseri. Gromov and Polyakov (1977) provisionally allocated millicens to subgenus Neodon of Microtus. Feng et al. (1986) identified ten specimens from SE Xizang (Tibet) as millicens, although their measurements average larger than those of the type series (compare Feng et al., 1986:396, with Lawrence, 1982:16). All of the Tibetan specimens are morphologically similar to V. millescens, not V. musseri, according to Darrin Lunde (pers. comm., 2004) who examined the sample at IZAS in Beijing. The locality of millicens mapped by Zhang et al. (1997) in S Yunnan needs verification; the site is more plausible for Microtus clarkei.
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