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SPECIES Pelomys fallax

Author:Peters, 1852.
Citation:Bericht Verhandl. K. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 17: 275.
Common Name:East African Pelomys
Type Locality:Mozambique, Caya Dist., Zambezi River.
Distribution:Savanna habitats from S Kenya (Hollister, 1919) and SW Uganda (Delany, 1975) through Tanzania (Swynnerton and Hayman, 1951), E and S Dem. Rep. Congo, Angola (Crawford-Cabral, 1998), Zambia (Ansell, 1978), Malawi (Ansell and Dowsett, 1988), and Mozambique (Smithers and Lobao Tello, 1976), to E and NW Zimbabwe (Smithers and Wilson, 1979) and N Botswana (Smithers, 1971).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Appreciable variation in size and fur color exists between samples from Angola and Zambia and those from the rest of the geographic range of P. fallax, suggesting more than one species may be present in this complex. No extant records are from South Africa but the species occurred in KwaZulu-Natal more than 17,000 years before present when the region was covered with deciduous woodland instead of thornveld (Avery, 1991). Southern African Subregion population reviewed by de Graaff (1981, 1997a) and Skinner and Smithers (1990).
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Synonyms:

    australis Roberts, 1913
    concolor Heller, 1912
    frater Thomas, 1904
    insignatus Osgood, 1910
    iridescens Heller, 1912
    luluae Matschie, 1926
    rhodesiae Roberts, 1929
    vumbae Roberts, 1946

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