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SPECIES Phaiomys leucurus

Author:Blyth, 1863.
Citation:J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, 32: 89.
Common Name:Blyth’s Mountain Vole
Type Locality:NW India, Ladakh, near Lake Chomoriri (= Tsomoriri).
Distribution:Chinese provinces of S Xinjiang (Zhang et al., 1997), S Qinghai (Zheng and Wang, 1980) and Xizang (Feng et al., 1986) on the Tibetan Plateau (Hoffmann, 1996a), and high altitudes in the Himalayas west to NW India (Jammu, Kashmir, and Himachal Pradesh, above 4500 m; Agrawal, 2000).
Status:IUCN – Lower Risk (lc) as Microtus leucurus.
Comments:Revised by Zheng and Wang (1980); allocation of tsaidamensis to P. leucurus documented by Hoffmann (1996a). Hoffmann provided a detailed historical review of expeditionary routes and collection sites of P. leucurus on the Tibetian Plateau, and recorded places of sympatry with Lasiopodomys fuscus (formerly included in leucurus). Feng et al. (1986) also discussed and mapped distribution on the Tibetan Plateau (molar rows they illustrate are either incorrectly drawn or from another vole). Zheng and Wang (1980) recognized leucurus, waltoni, and zadoensis as subspecies. The older leucurus Gerbe, 1852, is a synonym of nivalis, a species transferred from Microtus to Chionomys (see that account). Should nivalis ever be returned to Microtus, the name blythi would have to replace leucurus, a doubtful eventuality considering the great phylogenetic distance between Chionomys and species of Microtus.
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    blythi (Blanford, 1875)
    everesti Thomas and Hinton, 1922
    petulans (Wroughton, 1911)
    strauchi (Büchner, 1889)
    tsaidamensis (Satunin, 1903)
    waltoni (Bonhote, 1905)
    zadoensis (Zheng and Wang, 1980)

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