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SPECIES Eothenomys proditor

Author:Hinton, 1923.
Citation:Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., ser. 9, 11: 152.
Common Name:Yulongxuen Red-backed Vole
Type Locality:China, Yunnan, Lichiang Range (=Yulongxuen), 13,000 ft (Kaneko, 1996b, provided additional information).
Distribution:"Restricted to the border between Sichuan and Yunnan, at around 27-28N and 100-102E, and that it lives in meadows and in rocky areas" (Kaneko, 1996b:109); known altitudinal range 2500-4200 m.
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:E. chinensis species group. Morphologically a giant version of E. olitor (Kaneko, 1996b). Treated as a species of Eothenomys (G. M. Allen, 1940; Corbet and Hill, 1992; Hinton, 1926a), but placed in Anteliomys (Gromov and Polyakov, 1977), and in subgenus Caryomys (Pavlinov et al., 1995a). In his account of E. proditor, Osgood (1932) explained why Anteliomys deserves at most subgeneric status within Eothenomys. Karyotype of E. proditor (2n = 32, FN = 56) differs from other Eothenomys so far reported (Yang et al., 1998), and Ye et al. (2002) would exclude it from the genus.
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