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SPECIES Ochotona (Ochotona) curzoniae

Author:Hodgson, 1857.
Actual Date:1858
Citation:J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, 1857(26): 207.
Common Name:Plateau Pika
Type Locality:"district of Chumbi", Chumbi Valley, Tibet, China.
Distribution:Tibetan Plateau; adjacent Gansu, Qinghai, Sichuan (China), Sikkim (India) and E Nepal.
Status:IUCN – Lower Risk (lc); this species is the focus of widespread control efforts throughout its range, and has been eliminated locally (A. T. Smith et al., 1990; Smith and Foggin, 1999).
Comments:Subgenus Ochotona. Includes melanostoma, but not seiana from Iran (contra Corbet, 1978c : 69); see A. T. Smith et al. (1990). Treated as a subspecies of dauurica by (Ellerman and Morrison-Scott, 1955 and Mitchell (1978), but it is considered a distinct species by the Chinese; see however Feng and Zheng (1985) and Feng et al. (1986). O. curzoniae and O. dauurica occur in geographic sympatry in Hainan County, Qinghai Province, China, and differ both morphologically (Feng and Zheng, 1985; Feng et al., 1986), chromosomally (Vorontsov and Ivanitskaya, 1973), electrophoretically (Zhou and Xia, 1981), and in their mitochondrial DNA (Yu et al., 1997; Yu et al., 2000). Its sister species is likely O. nubrica (Yu et al., 2000).



    melanostoma (Büchner, 1890)

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