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SPECIES Otomys angoniensis

Author:Wroughton, 1906.
Citation:Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., ser. 7, 18: 274.
Common Name:Angoni Vlei Rat
Type Locality:Malawi, Misuku Range, Matipa Forest, 7000 ft (as amended by Ansell and Dowsett, 1991).
Distribution:SE savannah and grasslands, from S Kenya to SE Botswana and NE South Africa (provinces of Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, Free State, North West; also Lesotho).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Populations confused under O. irroratus by Bohmann (1952) and Ellerman et al. (1953), but morphological, karyotypic, and allozymic differences decidedly support their separate specific status (Davis, 1962; De Graaff, 1981; Matthey, 1964; Misonne, 1974; Taylor et al., 1989). G-banding comparisons with the highly variable chromosomes of O. irroratus conducted by Contrafatto et al. (1992a). Synonymy of the listed species-group epithets and distributional limits need verification in the context of a full revision, including the form maximus (see account below), which many have viewed as another subspecies of O. angoniensis (e.g., De Graaff, 1981; Meester et al., 1986; Misonne, 1974). Reported presence in NE Cape Province (=Eastern Cape Province) and Lesotho (e.g., Meester et al., 1986; Skinner and Smithers, 1990) questioned by Lynch (1994). See Bronner and Meester (1988, Mammalian Species, 306).
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    divinorum Thomas, 1910
    elassodon Osgood, 1910
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    nyikae Wroughton, 1906
    pretoriae Roberts, 1929
    rowleyi Thomas, 1918
    sabiensis Roberts, 1929
    tugelensis Roberts, 1929

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