Judean Mountains blind mole-rat

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Judean Mountains blind mole-rat
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Spalacidae
Genus: Spalax
Species: S. judaei
Binomial name
Spalax judaei
Nevo, Ivanitskaya, and Beiles, 2001.[1]

The Judean Mountains blind mole-rat (Spalax judaei) is an extant species of subterranean rodent within the family Spalacidae, indigenous to central Israel. Following the identification of S. judaei in 2001, Nevo et al. recorded specimens in the vicinity surrounding Kibbutz Lahav.[2] This species, along with Spalax golani and, by a different mechanism, Heterocephalus glaber, appears to be immune to cancer.[3]

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  1. ^ Nevo, Eviatar; Ivanitskaya, Elena; Beiles, Avigdor (2001). Adaptive radiation of blind subterranean mole rats: Naming and revisiting the four sibling species of the Spalax ehrenbergi superspecies in Israel. Leiden: Backhuys Publishers. ISBN 9789057820861. 
  2. ^ Musser, G.G.; Carleton, M.D. (2005). "Superfamily Muroidea". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 920. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  3. ^ Cormier, Zoe (November 5, 2012). "Blind mole rats may hold key to cancer". Nature. Retrieved November 15, 2012.