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SPECIES Acomys (Acomys) kempi

Author:Dollman, 1911.
Citation:Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., ser. 8, 8: 125.
Common Name:Kempís Spiny Mouse
Type Locality:Kenya, Chanler Falls, N Guaso Nyiro.
Distribution:S Ethiopia, S Somalia, Kenya and NE Tanzania (samples in FMNH and USNM); also see Bates (1994); limits unknown.
Status:IUCN Ė Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Subgenus Acomys. Originally described by Dollman as a subspecies of A. ignitus and listed that way by Ellerman (1941) and Hollister (1919), but considered a subspecies of A. cahirinus by Setzer (1975). Treated as a species by Janecek et al. (1991) with closest evolutionary ties to A. cahirinus. The morphological characteristics and geographic range of kempi may represent the eastern segment of A. cineraceus. Hollister (1919) correctly explained why pulchellus is a synonym of A. kempi; we include montanus based upon our studies.
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Synonyms:

    montanus Heller, 1914
    pulchellus Dollman, 1911

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