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SPECIES Ochotona (Conothoa) rutila

Author:Severtzov, 1873.
Citation:Izv. Obshch. Lyubit. Estestvozn., 8(2): 83.
Common Name:Turkestan Red Pika
Type Locality:"...in mountains near Vernyi[Alma-ata]...7000-8000 ft." [2134-2438 m]. Restricted by Shnitnikov (1936) to valley of Maly Alma-atinsk River, Zailisk Alatau Mtns, Kazakhstan (43E05'N, 77E10'E).
Distribution:Isolated ranges from the Pamirs (Tajikistan) to Tien Shan (SE Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, SE Kazakhstan); perhaps N Afghanistan and E Xinjiang (China). Zhang et al. (1997) recorded it from Batang, Sichuan province, but this seems unlikely, and the record may be based on a misidentified gloveri.
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc); however, sporadically distributed throughout its range, and common in only a few localities (A. T. Smith et al., 1990).
Comments:Subgenus Conothoa. Apparently an allospecies of O. erythrotis, which has sometimes been included in rutila; see comments therein.
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