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SPECIES Lemniscomys barbarus

Author:Linnaeus, 1766.
Citation:Syst. Nat., 12th ed., 1: addenda.
Common Name:Barbary Lemniscomys
Type Locality:Morocco (= "Barbaria," see discussion in Carleton and Van der Straeten, 1997).
Distribution:"Coastal region of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia, northwest and north of the Atlas Mountains" (Carleton and Van der Straeten, 1997:665); endemic to the Barbarian region (Maghreb) of NW Africa.
Status:IUCN Least Concern.
Comments:Member of the L. barbarus group, which also contains L. zebra and L. hoogstraali. Carleton and Van der Straeten (1997) provided a comprehensive systematic revision of this assemblage. Results of their morphometric and color pattern analyses demonstrated that the populations formerly constituting L. barbarus (e. g., as listed by Musser and Carleton, 1993) actually consists of L. barbarus, which is endemic to NW Africa, and L. zebra, stretching across Subsaharan Africa from Senegal in the west to Kenya and Tanzania in the east. Chromosomal data for an Algerian sample documented by Filippucci et al. (1986). Fragments identified as L. barbarus are reported from middle Pleistocene sediments at Jebel Irhoud in Morocco (Amani and Geraads, 1993).
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    ifniensis Morales Agacino, 1935

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