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SPECIES Meriones (Meriones) tamariscinus

Author:Pallas, 1773.
Citation:Reise Prov. Russ. Reichs., 2: 702.
Common Name:Tamarisk Jird
Type Locality:Kazakhstan, Saraitschikowski (= Saraichik).
Distribution:N Caucasus and Kazakhstan to the Altai Mtns, and through N Xinjiang and Nei Mongol of China (Wang, 2003; Zhang et al., 1997).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Subgenus Meriones. Reviewed by Corbet (1978c) and Pavlinov et al. (1990); regional reviews offered by G. M. Allen (1940, China), and Ma et al. (1987, Xinjiang). Range in Russia, taxonomy, contrasts with other species and additional characteristics reviewed by Gromov and Erbajeva (1995). The restriction to subgenus Meriones reflects the very distinctive male genital morphology of M. tamariscinus compared with other species of Meriones (Pavlinov, 1986).
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Synonyms:

    ciscaucasicus (Satunin, 1903)
    collium Severtsov, 1873
    jaxartensis (Ognev and Heptner, 1928)
    kokandicus Heptner, 1933
    montanus Severtsov, 1873
    satschouensis (Satunin, 1903)
    tamaricinus (Pallas, 1779)

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