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SPECIES Spermophilus (Spermophilus) xanthoprymnus

Author:Bennett, 1835.
Citation:Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond., 1835: 90.
Common Name:Asia Minor Ground Squirrel
Type Locality:"Erzurum" [Turkey].
Distribution:Transcaucasia (Armenia, possibly Azerbaijan), Turkey, Syria, and Israel.
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Subgenus Spermophilus (Gromov et al. 1965:237). Regarded by Ellerman and Morrison-Scott (1951:506) and Corbet (1978c:83) as a synonym of citellus; but see Vasil'eva (1961), Gromov et al. (1965:237), and Vorontsov and Lyapunova (1970), who provided evidence of specific distinctness. Molecular sequence data suggest that this species may form a clade together with dauricus and suslicus (Harrison et al., 2003). Karyotypes analyzed by Doğramaci et al. (1994a).
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