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Volume 82, Issue 2


Long-standing taxonomic and nomenclature issue of Lemmus obensis chrysogaster Allen, 1903 (Rodentia, Cricetidae) resolved

Natalia Abramson
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  • Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Universitetskaya nab.1, 199034, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
  • St. Petersburg Scientific Center, Russian Academy of Sciences, Universitetskaya nab.5, 199034, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
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Published Online: 2017-04-04 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2016-0081


The taxonomic status and nomenclature of the golden lemming (Lemmus obensis chrysogaster) remained a puzzle for more than 100 years. It was considered either as an independent species Lemmus chrysogaster or as a subspecies of Lemmus trimucronatus or Lemmus sibiricus. In the most authoritative checklists, without further evidence, it was transferred to the synonym of Lemmus amurensis. However, the type material and specimens from type locality have not been revised since 1903. Here we fill this gap. The sequence of the cytochrome b gene from topotype clearly indicates that the golden lemming is a younger synonym of L. trimucronatus.

Keywords: cytochrome b; Lemmini; nomenclature; taxonomy; West Beringia


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Received: 2016-06-22

Accepted: 2017-03-01

Published Online: 2017-04-04

Published in Print: 2018-02-23

Citation Information: Mammalia, Volume 82, Issue 2, Pages 167–172, ISSN (Online) 1864-1547, ISSN (Print) 0025-1461, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2016-0081.

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