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SPECIES Cricetulus alticola

Author:Thomas, 1917.
Citation:Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., ser. 8, 19: 455.
Common Name:Ladak Dwarf Hamster
Type Locality:India, Ladak (Kashmir), Shushul, 13,500 ft (4115 m).
Distribution:NE India in Jammu and Ladak (Agrawal, 2000), Nepal (Lim and Ross, 1992), and western part of Tibetan Plateau (Xizang) in China (Feng et al., 1986).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Conventionally recognized as a species (Corbet, 1978c; Corbet and Hill, 1991; Ellerman, 1941, 1961; Ellerman and Morrison-Scott, 1951; Musser and Carleton, 1993; Pavlinov et al., 1995a), but Feng et al. (1986) considered alticola to be a subspecies of C. kamensis that occurs in W Xizang Prov. (an allocation followed by Zhang et al., 1997, and Wang, 2003).
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