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SPECIES Meriones (Pallasiomys) meridianus

Author:Pallas, 1773.
Citation:Reise Prov. Russ. Reichs.: 702.
Common Name:Midday Jird
Type Locality:Se Russia, Astrakhanskaya Oblast, Dosang (as restricted by Heptner, in Vinogradov et al., 1936, not Chaworth-Musters and Ellerman, 1947; see Pavlinov and Rossolimo, 1987).
Distribution:From Lower Don River and north of the Caucasus to Mongolia and N China (provinces of Nei Mongol, Hebei, Henen, Shanxi, N Shaanxi, Xinjiang, Gansu, NE Qinghai, and Ningxia; see Ma et al. [1987], Wang [2003], and Zhang et al. [1997]), south to E Turkey, E Iran and N Afghanistan. The isolated segment in Armenia mentioned by Corbet (1978c) refers to M. dahli (see that account).
Status:IUCN – Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Subgenus Pallasiomys. Intraspecific chromosomal variation among Russian samples reported by Korobitsyna and Kartavtseva (1988). Utilizing several sets of data, including results from hybridization studies, Dyatlov and Avanyan (1987) tested conspecificity of the subspecies meridianus, nogaiorum, and dahli, and concluded that nogaiorum should be considered a semispecies and dahli a species (see that account). We retain nogaiorum in M. meridianus pending unequivocal results demonstrating its evolutionary status. Phallic morphology described by Yang et al. (1992) and contrasted with M. unguiculatus. Yi—it et al. (1998b) contrasted geographic range, morphology and karyotypes between samples of M. meridianus and M. crassus in E Turkey. Reviewed by Pavlinov et al. (1990). The segment in E Anatolia (Turkey) was reviewed by Yi—it et al. (1997b, 1998b). Range in Russia, taxonomy, and other characteristics reviewed by Gromov and Erbajeva (1995), who listed both nogaiorum and dahli in the synonymy of M. meridianus.



    auceps Thomas, 1908
    brevicaudatus (Milne-Edwards, 1867)
    buechneri Thomas, 1909
    cryptorhinus (Blanford, 1875)
    fulvus Eversmann, 1848
    heptneri (Kuznetzov, 1944)
    jei Wang, 1964
    karelini (Kolossow, 1935)
    lepturus (Büchner, 1889)
    littoralis (Heptner, 1927)
    massagetes (Heptner, 1933)
    muleiensis Wang, 1981
    nogaiorum (Heptner, 1927)
    penicilliger (Heptner, 1933)
    psammophilus (Milne-Edwards, 1871)
    roborowskii (Büchner, 1889)
    shitkovi (Heptner, 1933)
    tropini Kartavtseva and Korobitsyna, 1986
    urianchaicus (Vinogradov, 1927)
    uschtaganicus (Rall, 1940)
    zhitkovi (Heptner, 1936)

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