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Systematics and zoogeography of Tatera (Rodentia: Gerbillinae) of north-east Africa and Asia

@inproceedings{Bates1987SystematicsAZ,
  title={Systematics and zoogeography of Tatera (Rodentia: Gerbillinae) of north-east Africa and Asia},
  author={Paul Jeremy James Bates},
  year={1987}
}
A taxonomic revision of Tatera (Rodentia: Gerbillinae) from north-east Africa and Asia is undertaken. Six species are recognised: T. robusta, T phillipsi, T. nigricauda, T. valida, T boehmi and T indica. The taxon T minuscula from Ethiopia is considered incertae sedis. The zoogeographical and evolutionary history of Tatera is discussed. It is proposed that the genus evolved in Africa in the Early Pliocene and subsequently dispersed into Asia, possibly by way of a southern landbridge. 
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