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SPECIES Mus (Nannomys) indutus

Author:Thomas, 1910.
Citation:Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., ser. 8, 5: 89.
Common Name:Desert Pygmy Mouse
Type Locality:N South Africa, Northern Cape Province, Molopo River, west of Morokwen.
Distribution:N South Africa, W Zimbabwe, Botswana, C and N Namibia (de Graaff, 1997n:143; Skinner and Smithers, 1990:264); also S Angola (Crawford-Cabral, 1998).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Subgenus Nannomys. Skinner and Smithers (1990) and Meester et al. (1986) discussed the morphological and chromosomal distinctions between M. indutus and M. minutoides. Skinner and Smithers (1990) also summarized biological data, and Meester et al. (1986) provided citations for synonyms. Definition of this species is ambiguous (Meester et al., 1986; Skinner and Smithers, 1990). Meester et al. (1986) included the Angolan sybilla in M. indutus, but our study of the holotype revealed that sybilla belongs with M. minutoides.
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Synonyms:

    deserti (Thomas, 1912)
    pretoriae (Roberts, 1926)
    valschensis (Roberts, 1926)

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