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SPECIES Meriones (Pallasiomys) crassus

Author:Sundevall, 1842.
Citation:K. Svenska Vet. Akad., Ser. 3: 233.
Common Name:Sundevall’s Jird
Type Locality:Egypt, Sinai, Fount of Moses (Ain Musa).
Distribution:Across North Africa from Morocco through Niger, Sudan, and Egypt to Israel, Jordan, Syria, SE Anatolia (Turkey), Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan.
Status:IUCN – Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Subgenus Pallasiomys. Reviewed by Corbet (1978c) and Pavlinov et al. (1990). Regional reviews are available for Morocco (Aulagnier and Thevenot, 1986), Algeria (Kowalski and Rzebik-Kowalska, 1991), Libya (Ranck, 1968), Egypt (Osborn and Helmy, 1980), Sinai Peninsula (Saleh and Basuony, 1998), Israel and Jordan (Mendelssohn and Yom-Tov, 1999; Qumsiyeh, 1996), SE Turkey (Yi—it et al., 1997b, 1998b), the Arabian Peninsula (Harrison and Bates, 1991), Iran (Lay, 1967; Morshed and Patton, 2002), and Afghanistan (Hassinger, 1973). See Koffler (1972, Mammalian Species, 9). Yi—it et al. (1998b) contrasted the distribution, morphology and chromosomes between M. crassus (2n = 60, FN = 76) and M. meridianus (2n = 50, FNa = 78) in E Turkey. See Dobigny et al. (2002b) for additional karyotypic information and references.



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    perpallidus Setzer, 1961
    swinhoei Scully, 1881
    tripolius Thomas, 1919

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