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SPECIES Gerbillus (Gerbillus) hesperinus

Author:Cabrera, 1936.
Citation:Bol. Real. Soc. Esp. Hist. Nat.: 365.
Common Name:Moroccan Gerbil
Type Locality:Morocco, Mogador (= Essouira).
Distribution:Coastal Morocco north of High Atlas Mtns (see Aulagnier and Thevenot, 1986).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Subgenus Gerbillus. See the references cited by Lay (1983) for characters defining this distinctive Moroccan endemic. Lay (1975) also documented the striking morphological and chromosomal contrasts between G. hesperinus and Moroccan G. hoogstraali and G. occiduus. Also reviewed by Aulagnier and Thevenot (1986) and Pavlinov et al. (1990).
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