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SPECIES Ctenomys opimus

Author:Wagner, 1848.
Citation:Arch. Naturgesch., 1: 75.
Common Name:Highland Tuco-tuco
Type Locality:Bolivia, Oruro Dept., Monte Sajama.
Distribution:NW Argentina, SW Bolivia, S Peru, N Chile between 2,000 and 5,000 m on the high Andean steppe (=Puna).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc). Common.
Comments:May be conspecific with fulvus; opimus and fulvus cannot be separated on the basis of karyotypes (see Gallardo, 1979 and Cook et al., 1990). Karyotype has 2n=26 and FN=48 (Gallardo, 1991).
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SUBSPECIES opimus

SUBSPECIES luteolus

SUBSPECIES nigriceps

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