Transcaucasian mole vole

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Transcaucasian mole vole
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Cricetidae
Subfamily: Arvicolinae
Genus: Ellobius
E. lutescens
Binomial name
Ellobius lutescens
Thomas, 1897

The Transcaucasian mole vole (Ellobius lutescens) is a species of rodent in the family Cricetidae.[2]

It is found in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Turkey.


Female E. lutescens metaphase chromosome set

The karyotype has a low, odd, diploid number, 2n = 17,X.[3] Transcaucasian mole voles have no SRY gene or Y chromosome; both sexes have an XO sex chromosome set, a state possibly derived from an ancestral population in which males had an XX sex chromosome set, like E. tancrei.[2] Their sex-determination method remains unknown.[3]

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  1. ^ Kryštufek, B.; Shenbrot, G. (2008). "Ellobius lutescens". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b 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. 975. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  3. ^ a b Bagheri-Fam, S; et al. (January 2012). "Sox9 gene regulation and the loss of the XY/XX sex-determining mechanism in the mole vole Ellobius lutescens". Chromosome Research. 20 (1): 191–9. doi:10.1007/s10577-011-9269-5. PMID 22215485.