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SPECIES Saccostomus campestris

Author:Peters, 1846.
Citation:Bericht Verhandl. K. Preuss. Akad. Wiss., Berlin, 11: 258.
Common Name:Southern African Pouched Mouse
Type Locality:Mozambique, Tete Dist., Zambezi River, Tete.
Distribution:Arid to mesic southern savannahs and grasslands: from SW Tanzania across to W Angola (see Crawford-Cabral, 1998: Map 20); south through most of Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia; to S Mozambique and S South Africa (Western and Eastern Cape provinces).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:A composite of two or more species as suggested by extraordinary chromosomal, morphological, and genetic variation (Corti et al., 2004; Denys, 1988; Gordon, 1986; Gordon and Rautenbach, 1980); the status of anderssoni and mashonae especially deserves attention in regard to campestris proper. Ellison (1993) demonstrated and discussed geographic variability in torpor response in the context of the species distribution and its karyotypic variants; Ellison et al. (1993) examined correlations between body size and climatic variables in southern Africa.



    anderssoni de Winton, 1898
    angolae Roberts, 1938
    elegans Thomas, 1897
    fuscus Peters, 1852
    hildae Schwann, 1906
    lapidarius Peters, 1852
    limpopoensis Roberts, 1914
    mashonae de Winton, 1897
    pagei Thomas and Hinton, 1923
    streeteri Roberts, 1914

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