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SPECIES Alticola (Alticola) semicanus

Author:G. M. Allen, 1924.
Citation:Am. Mus. Novit., 133: 6.
Common Name:Mongolian Mountain Vole
Type Locality:Mongolia, SE Khangai Mtns, upper reaches of Ongyin Gol River "Sain Noin Khan."
Distribution:S Tuva region, Russia, throughout most of N and C Mongolia to adjacent Nei Mongol, N China.
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Subgenus Alticola. Originally described as a subspecies of Microtus worthingtoni and listed as a subspecies of Alticola worthingtoni by Ellerman (1941); later synonymized with A. roylei (Ellerman and Morrison-Scott, 1951; Corbet, 1978c) or A. argentatus (see taxonomic history in Rossolimo and Pavlinov, 1992). Reinstatement as a species (Pavlinov and Rossolimo, 1987) vindicated by the revisions of Rossolimo et al. (1988, 1994), and Rossolimo and Pavlinov (1992). The geographic range of A. semicanus approaches but does not overlap A. tuvinicus and A. bararshin; Rossolimo and Pavlinov (1992) morphologically contrasted the latter two and A. semicanus.
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