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GENUS Ellobius

Author:Fischer, 1814.
Citation:Zoognosia, 3: 72.
Type Species:Mus talpinus Pallas, 1770.
Comments:Ellobiusini (emended by Pavlinov et al., 1995a, because Ellobiini Gill 1872 is a junior homonym of Ellobiinae Adams, 1858, whose type genus Ellobium is a mollusk). Gromov and Polyakov (1977) excluded Ellobius from arvicolines; Pavlinov and Rossolimo (1987) viewed the genus as Cricetidae incertae sedis, questioning whether it belonged in Arvicolinae or Cricetinae; and Gromov and Erbajeva (1995) included it in Cricetinae. Most workers, however, have recognized Ellobius, albeit highly specialized morphologically, as the only extant member of a tribe within Arvicolinae (Corbet, 1978c; Hooper and Hart, 1962; Kretzoi, 1969; McKenna and Bell, 1997; Pavlinov and Rossolimo, 1998; Pavlinov et al., 1995a; Topachevskii and Rekovets, 1982), an affiliation supported by DNA sequence (Just et al., 1995) and allozymic analyses (Mezhzherin et al., 1995). Ultrastructure and evolution of sex chromosomes discussed by Kolomiets et al. (1991). Two subgenera are recognized, Ellobius and Afganomys; Zagorodnyuk (1990) listed the latter as a genus. Topachevskii and Rekovets (1982) documented morphological trends and interspecific interpretations from the late Pliocene to Recent. The present range of Ellobius is only part of a wider distribution that once embraced Israel and North Africa in the middle to late Pleistocene (Jaeger, 1988a).
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SPECIES alaicus

SPECIES talpinus

SPECIES tancrei

SUBGENUS Afganomys

SPECIES fuscocapillus

SPECIES lutescens


    Afghanomys Baryshnikov and Baranova, 1983
    Chthonergus Nordmann, 1839
    Lemmomys Lesson, 1842
    Myospalax Blyth, 1846

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