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SPECIES Georychus capensis

Author:Pallas, 1778.
Citation:Njova. Spec. Quad. Glir. Ord., 76: 172.
Common Name:Cape Mole-rat
Type Locality:South Africa, Cape of Good Hope.
Distribution:South Africa.
Status:IUCN KwaZulu Natal population Critically Endangered, otherwise Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Roberts (1951) recognized three subspecies capensis, canescens and yatesi but de Graaff (1975) considered this taxon monotypic. Karyotype has 2n=54 and FN=100 (Nevo et al., 1986). Honeycutt et al. (1991:53) indicated there may be two species in South Africa, based on differences in mtDNA sequences and allozyme frequencies.
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Synonyms:

    buffonii (Cuvier, 1834)
    canescens (Thomas and Schwann, 1906)
    leucops (Lichtenstein, 1844)
    yatesi (Roberts, 1913)

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