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SPECIES Desmodillus auricularis

Author:Smith, 1834.
Citation:S. Afr. Quart. J., Ser. 2, 2: 160.
Common Name:Cape Short-tailed Gerbil
Type Locality:South Africa, Little Namaqualand, Kamiesberg (Meester et al., 1986).
Distribution:South Africa (Northern Cape and Western Cape Provs., SW Free State, and Gauteng), S Botswana, Namibia, and SW Angola (see Perrin, 1997a; Skinner and Smithers, 1990; Crawford-Cabral, 1998, reviewed and mapped the Angolan records).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Taxonomy and geographic distribution summarized by Meester et al. (1986). Ecology and distribution reviewed by Griffin (1990). Chromosomal traits documented by Qumsiyeh (1986) and compared with cytogenetic traits of southern African species of Gerbillurus and Gerbilliscus. Significance of differences in behavior patterns (Dempster et al., 1993) and acoustic repertoire (Dempster and Perrin, 1994) documented between D. auricularis and species of Gerbilliscus.
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Synonyms:

    brevicaudatus (F. Cuvier, 1838)
    caffer (Wagner, 1842)
    hoeschi Lehmann, 1955
    pudicus Dollman, 1910
    robertsi Lundholm, 1955
    shortridgei Lundholm, 1955
    wolfi Lehmann, 1955

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