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SPECIES Sicista subtilis

Author:Pallas, 1773.
Citation:Reise Prov. Russ. Reichs., 1(2): 705.
Common Name:Southern Birch Mouse
Type Locality:Russia, Kurgan Oblast, on Tobol River near Kaminskaya Kur'ya (suburb), on road from Zverinogolovskoye to Kurgan (Ognev, 1963b:27).
Distribution:Steppes from SE Poland, Hungary, E Serbia, Romania and NE Bulgaria (see Mitchell-Jones, 1999, for European range) through S Russia, N Kazakhstan, and SW Siberia to the Altai Range, Lake Balkhash, Lake Baikal, and NW Xinjiang, China (Li and Wang, 1981; Ma et al., 1987; Wang, 2003; see distribution map for Chinese segment in Zhang et al., 1997). See Ilchenko and Volodin (1992), Kuznetsov (1965), Sludskii (1977) and Shenbrot et al. (1995) for range in Russia.
Status:IUCN – Lower Risk (nt).
Comments:Holotype was probably not preserved (Ognev, 1963b:27). Karyology studied by Sokolov et al. (1986a). Review and distribution in Europe provided by Pucek (1982; in Mitchell-Jones, 1999), in Serbia by Petrov (1992), and in Russia by Shenbrot et al. (1995). Chromosomal characteristics of samples of S. subtilis in S Russia (Volgograd and E Rostov Regions) where that species ranges close to S. severtzovi is documented by Koval’skaya et al. (2000). See comment under S. severtzovi. For synonyms see Ellerman and Morrison-Scott (1951) and Shenbrot et al. (1995).
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    interstriatus (Petenyi, 1882)
    interzonus (Petenyi, 1882)
    lineatus (Lichtenstein, 1823)
    loriger (Nathusius, 1840)
    nordmanni (Keyserling and Blasius, 1840)
    pallida Kashkarov, 1926
    siberica Ognev, 1935
    tripartitus (Petenyi, 1882)
    tristriatus (Petenyi, 1882)
    trizona (Petenyi, 1882)
    vagus (Pallas, 1779)
    virgulosus (Petenyi, 1882)

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