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SPECIES Spermophilus (Spermophilus) pygmaeus

Author:Pallas, 1778.
Citation:Nova Spec. Quad. Glir. Ord.: 122.
Common Name:Little Ground Squirrel
Type Locality:"Maximos et paene dixerim monstrosos Citillós passim ad inferiorum laikum in campis squalidis." Restricted by Ognev (1963a:102) to "lower reaches of the Ural River" "Indersk [Kazakhstan]".
Distribution:SW Ukraine; S Ural Mtns to Crimea (Russia); Kazakhstan; NW Uzbekistan; Dagestan (Georgia).
Status:IUCN – Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Subgenus Spermophilus, see Gromov et al. (1965:257) and comment under musicus. Hybridizes rarely with erythrogenys and fulvus, and more frequently with major and suslicus (Bazhanov 1944; Denisov, 1964); in zone of contact SW of Saratov (Russia) (Denisov and Smirnova, 1976; Ermakov, 1996).
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