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SPECIES Meriones (Parameriones) rex

Author:Yerbury and Thomas, 1895.
Citation:Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond., 1895: 552.
Common Name:King Jird
Type Locality:Yemen, Lahej, near Aden.
Distribution:Yemen highlands in SW Arabian Peninsula, from Mecca in Saudi Arabia to near Aden in Yemen (see Al-Jumaily [1998] and Harrison and Bates [1991:289]).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Subgenus Parameriones, according to Nadler and Lay (1967) and Harrison and Bates (1991), but not allocated to a subgenus by Pavlinov et al. (1990), who reviewed the species. A distinctive jird that ". . . has evolved in the special and peculiar environment of the Yemen highlands. . ." (Harrison and Bates, 1991:291). Karyotype (2n = 38, FN = 74) documented by Al-Saleh and Khan (1987).
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    buryi Thomas, 1902
    philbyi (Morrison-Scott, 1939)

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