The desert hamster Phodopus roborovskii (Satunin, 1903) (Rodentia, Cricetidae) from north-western Tibetan plateau, Ladakh, India: an addition to the mammalian fauna of the Indian subcontinent

Vivek Ramachandranhttp://orcid.org/https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7554-4024 1 , Mukta Joshi 2 , 3 , Mayuresh Ambekar 2 , 4 , Samina Amin Charoo 5 ,  and Uma Ramakrishnan 2
  • 1 National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute for Fundamental Research, GKVK Campus, Bellary Road, Bangalore 560065, India
  • 2 National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute for Fundamental Research, GKVK Campus, Bellary Road, Bangalore 560065, India
  • 3 Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Dr. Homi Bhabha Road, Pashan, Pune 411008, India
  • 4 Department of Biological Sciences, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, Hendon, London NW4 4BT, UK
  • 5 Department of Wildlife Protection, Jammu and Kashmir Forest Department, Srinagar 190001, India
Vivek RamachandranORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7554-4024, Mukta Joshi
  • National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute for Fundamental Research, GKVK Campus, Bellary Road, Bangalore 560065, India
  • Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Dr. Homi Bhabha Road, Pashan, Pune 411008, India
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, Mayuresh Ambekar
  • National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute for Fundamental Research, GKVK Campus, Bellary Road, Bangalore 560065, India
  • Department of Biological Sciences, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, Hendon, London NW4 4BT, UK
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, Samina Amin Charoo
  • Department of Wildlife Protection, Jammu and Kashmir Forest Department, Srinagar 190001, India
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and Uma Ramakrishnan
  • National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute for Fundamental Research, GKVK Campus, Bellary Road, Bangalore 560065, India
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Abstract

During a systematic survey of the small mammals in the relatively unexplored north-western regions of the Tibetan plateau in India, we captured and identified the desert hamster Phodopus roborovskii using molecular phylogenetic methods. We also provide revised distributional estimates for this species using niche modelling (Maxent and 19 bioclimatic variables), taking into account sampling bias. We evaluated suitable habitats for the species, identifying regions in the Trans-Himalayas that may harbour this species. This study improves the knowledge of the desert hamster’s range and is a new record and an addition to the Indian sub-continental mammalian fauna, ~750 km southward extension from its known range.

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