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Heliophobius argenteocinereus  Peters, 1846
Taxonomic Serial No.: 584676

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Species  
  Common Name(s): Silvery Mole-rat [English]
  Taxonomic Status:    
  Current Standing: valid  
  Data Quality Indicators:    
  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  

 Taxonomic Hierarchy
 KingdomAnimalia  – Animal, animaux, animals  
          PhylumChordata  – cordés, cordado, chordates  
             SubphylumVertebrata  – vertebrado, vertébrés, vertebrates  
                      ClassMammalia Linnaeus, 1758 – mammifères, mamífero, mammals  
                         SubclassTheria Parker and Haswell, 1897  
                            InfraclassEutheria Gill, 1872  
                               OrderRodentia Bowdich, 1821 – esquilo, preá, rato, roedor, rongeurs, rodents  
                                  SuborderHystricomorpha Brandt, 1855  
                                     InfraorderHystricognathi Brandt, 1855 – hystricognath rodents  
                                        FamilyBathyergidae Waterhouse, 1841  
                                           SubfamilyBathyerginae Waterhouse, 1841  
                                              GenusHeliophobius Peters, 1846  
                                                 SpeciesHeliophobius argenteocinereus Peters, 1846 – Silvery Mole-rat  
    Direct Children:  
                                                    Subspecies Heliophobius argenteocinereus albifrons (Gray, 1864)  
                                                    Subspecies Heliophobius argenteocinereus angonicus Thomas, 1917  
                                                    Subspecies Heliophobius argenteocinereus argenteocinereus Peters, 1846  
                                                    Subspecies Heliophobius argenteocinereus emini Noack, 1894  
                                                    Subspecies Heliophobius argenteocinereus kapiti Heller, 1909  
                                                    Subspecies Heliophobius argenteocinereus marungensis Noack, 1887  
                                                    Subspecies Heliophobius argenteocinereus mottoulei (Schouteden, 1913)  
                                                    Subspecies Heliophobius argenteocinereus robustus Thomas, 1906  
                                                    Subspecies Heliophobius argenteocinereus spalax Thomas, 1910  

  Expert: Charles A. Woods  
  Notes: Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-2035   
  Reference for: Heliophobius argenteocinereus    
  Other Source(s):    
  Reference for:    
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Wilson, Don E., and DeeAnn M. Reeder, eds.  
  Publication Date: 1993   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 2nd ed., 3rd printing   
  Page(s): xviii + 1207   
  Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press   
  Publication Place: Washington, DC, USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 1-56098-217-9   
  Notes: Corrections were made to text at 3rd printing   
  Reference for: Heliophobius argenteocinereus   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Woods, Charles A., and C. William Kilpatrick / Wilson, Don E., and DeeAnn M. Reeder, eds.  
  Publication Date: 2005   
  Article/Chapter Title: Infraorder Hystricognathi Brandt, 1855   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 3rd ed., vol. 2   
  Page(s): 1538-1600   
  Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press   
  Publication Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 0-8018-8221-4   
  Reference for: Heliophobius argenteocinereus, Silvery Mole-rat [English]   

 Geographic Information
  Geographic Division: Africa  



  Comment: Status: IUCN - Lower Risk (nt)  
    Comments: Honeycutt et al. (1991:54-55) concluded that the characters used to separate H. spalax from H. argenteocinereus are due to age variation, and that the genus is monotypic. See also de Graaff (1975, 1981) who considered the species polytypic with nine subspecies. Karyotype of specimens from Kenya has 2n=60 and FN=114 (W. George, 1979b) whereas specimens from Zambia have 2n=62 and FN=114 (Scharff et al., 2001)  



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