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SPECIES Psammomys vexillaris

Author:Thomas, 1925.
Citation:Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., ser. 9, 16: 198.
Common Name:Lesser Sand Rat
Type Locality:Libya, Tripolitania Province, Bu Ngem (Bondjem).
Distribution:Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya.
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Sometimes included in P. obesus (Corbet, 1978c; Pavlinov et al., 1990, 1995a) but Ranck (1968) regarded it as a separate species. Cockrum et al. (1977) enumerated the morphological and chromosomal traits distinguishing the two. Kowalski and Rzebik-Kowalska (1991) did not recognize this species in Algeria and discussed only P. obesus. We recognize vexillaris as distinct pending a new look at geographic variation in morphological, chromosomal, and molecular traits among populations of Psammomys.
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