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SPECIES Gerbillus (Gerbillus) occiduus

Author:Lay, 1975.
Citation:Fieldiana Zool., 65: 94.
Common Name:Occidental Gerbil
Type Locality:Morocco, Aoreora, 80 km WSW Goulimine.
Distribution:Coastal Morocco from south of Anti Atlas to Tarfaya (Aulagnier, in litt.; also see Aulagnier and Thevenot, 1986).
Status:IUCN Critically Endangered.
Comments:Subgenus Gerbillus. Lay (1983) noted that the karyotype of this Moroccan endemic was distinct from that of G. andersoni, and provided detailed morphological and chromosomal contrasts between G. occiduus and Moroccan G. hoogstraali and G. hesperinus. Pavlinov et al. (1990) included occiduus in G. pyramidum. Reviewed by Aulagnier and Thevenot (1986).
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