A review of bristly ground squirrels Xerini and a generic revision in the African genus Xerus

  title={A review of bristly ground squirrels Xerini and a generic revision in the African genus Xerus},
  author={B. Kry{\vs}tufek and A. Mahmoudi and A. Tesakov and J. Matějů and R. Hutterer},
  pages={521 - 540}
Abstract Bristly ground squirrels Xerini are a small rodent tribe of six extant species. Despite a dense fossil record the group was never diverse. Our phylogenetic reconstruction, based on the analysis of cytochrome b gene and including all known species of Xerini, confirms a deep divergence between the African taxa and the Asiatic Spermophilopsis. Genetic divergences among the African Xerini were of a comparable magnitude to those among genera of Holarctic ground squirrels in the subtribe… Expand

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