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SPECIES Ctenomys minutus

Author:Nehring, 1887.
Citation:Sitzb. Ges. Naturf. Fr. Berlin: 47.
Common Name:Tiny Tuco-tuco
Type Locality:Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Campos E of Mondo Novo.
Distribution:Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, and Mato Grosso (S Brazil) and E Bolivia, but see Freitas (1995) who suggested that minutus is endemic to the Coastal Plains of S Brazil and that specimens described as minutus from Bolivia represent another species.
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Reviewed by Langguth and Abella (1970). Six subspecies were recognized by Contreras and Contreras (1984), however, no justification was given for the four new subspecies named in that paper. Altuna and Lessa (1985) and Altuna et al. (1985) regarded C. m. rionegrensis as a full species (see comments under rionegrensis). Karyotype has 2n=42, 45-50 and FN=76 (Freitas, 1997).
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SUBSPECIES minutus

SUBSPECIES bicolor

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