Upper Galilee Mountains blind mole-rat

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

The Upper Galilee Mountains blind mole-rat (Spalax galili) is an extant species of subterranean rodent within the family Spalacidae, indigenous to Upper Galilee in northern Israel. Following the identification of S. galili in 2001, Nevo et al. recorded specimens in the vicinity surrounding the Kerem Ben Zimra settlement.[2]

S. galili is a model organism for the adaptation to underground conditions and has been genome sequenced in 2014.[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. ^ Wilson, Don E.; Reeder, DeeAnn M., eds. (2005). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Baltimore, Maryland: Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 978-0801882210. 
  3. ^ Fang, Xiaodong; Nevo, Eviatar; Han, Lijuan; Levanon, Erez Y.; Zhao, Jing; Avivi, Aaron; Larkin, Denis; Jiang, Xuanting; Feranchuk, Sergey (2014-06-03). "Genome-wide adaptive complexes to underground stresses in blind mole rats Spalax". Nature Communications. 5. doi:10.1038/ncomms4966. ISSN 2041-1723.