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SPECIES Cryptomys damarensis

Author:Ogilby, 1838.
Citation:Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond., 1838: 5.
Common Name:Damara Mole-rat
Type Locality:Namibia, Damaraland.
Distribution:E Namibia, Botswana, W Zimbabwe, S Zambia, S Angola.
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Included as a subspecies of hottentotus by de Graaff (1975, 1981) but considered a distinct species based on characteristics of the infraorbital foramina by Honeycutt et al. (1991). Protein electrophoretic data (Filippucci et al., 1994; 1997) suggest this taxon is more closely related to anselli, kafuensis, and mechowi than to hottentotus. Karyotype has 2n=74 or 78 and FN=92 (Nevo et al., 1986).
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Synonyms:

    lugardi (de Winton, 1898)
    micklemi (Chubb, 1909)
    ovamboensis Roberts, 1946

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