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SPECIES Spalax nehringi

Author:Satunin, 1898.
Citation:Zool. Anz., 21: 314.
Common Name:Nehring’s Blind Mole Rat
Type Locality:Armenia, Kasikoporan.
Distribution:Most of Turkey (except Thrace and SE region; also on isls of Gökçeada and Bozcaada; see Kryštufek and Vohralík, 2001), Armenia, and Georgia (see Gromov and Erbajeva, 1995; Topachevskii, 1969; Vorontsov et al., 1977b).
Status:IUCN – Lower Risk (lc) as Nannospalax nehringi.
Comments:Ellerman and Morrison-Scott (1951) and Corbet (1978c) listed nehringi as a synonym of S. leucodon, but Topachevskii (1969) treated it as a distinct species (under subgenus Mesospalax, genus Microspalax), a revision followed by Corbet (1984) and other researchers (Kryštufek and Vohralík, 2001; Musser and Carleton, 1993; Pavlinov et al., 1995a; Pavlinov and Rossolimo, 1987, 1998). Topachevskii (1969) included turcicus in the synonymy, but Savič (1982b) placed it in S. leucodon. Analyses of morphometric, chromosomal, and genetic character sets intimate that S. nehringi and its synonyms are geographic variants of S. leucodon (Butler et al., 1993; Nevo et al., 1994a, b, 1995, 2001; Savič and Nevo, 1990; Sözen et al., 1999; Suzuki et al., 1996a). Russian portion reviewed by Gromov and Erbajeva (1995). See account of S. leucodon.
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    armeniacus Méhely, 1909
    captorum Hinton, 1920
    cilicicus Méhely, 1909
    corybantium Hinton, 1920
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    xanthodon Nordmann, 1840

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