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SPECIES Spermophilus (see comments) fulvus

Author:Lichtenstein, 1823.
Citation:Naturh. Abh. Eversmann's Reise: 119.
Common Name:Yellow Ground Squirrel
Type Locality:"near the Kuvandzhur River, east of Mugodzhary Mountains, north of Aral Sea" [Kazakhstan] (Ognev, 1963a:29).
Distribution:Kazakhstan, from the Caspian Sea and the Volga River to Lake Balkash; south through Uzbekistan, W Tajikistan and Turkmenistan to NE Iran, and N Afghanistan; W Xinjiang (China).
Status:IUCN – Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Subgenus Colobotis according to Gromov et al. (1965:276), but see Hall (1981:381) who included Colobotis in subgenus Spermophilus. See also major, which may be the sister species to fulvus (Harrison et al., 2003); fulvus occurs sympatrically with major in the southern third of the latter’s range, where sporadic hybridization occurs south of Saratov (Ermakov, 1996).
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