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SPECIES Paraechinus hypomelas

Author:Brandt, 1836.
Citation:Bull. Sci. Acad. Imp. Sci. St. Petersbourg, 1: 32.
Common Name:Brandt’s Hedgehog
Type Locality:"Pays de Turcomans", somewhere in S Kazakhstan. See Ognev (1927) for discussion.
Distribution:Arid steppe and desert zones from Iran and Turkmenistan east almost to Tashkent (Uzbekistan), to the Indus River and N Pakistan; isolates in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen and on the islands of Tanb and Kharg in the Persian Gulf.
Status:IUCN – Lower Risk (lc) as Hemiechinus hypomelas.
Comments:Type species of Macroechinus Satunin. Includes eversmanni, sabaeus and seniculus as possible and blanfordi as a distinct subspecies; see Corbet (1988:155). Species reviewed by Nader (1991) and Harrison and Bates (1991). DNA sequence data of animals from Iran diverge strongly from P. aethiopicus (Morshed and Patton, 2002).


SUBSPECIES hypomelas

SUBSPECIES blanfordi

SUBSPECIES eversmanni


SUBSPECIES seniculus


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