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1 January 2011 The Banner-Tailed Kangaroo Rat, Dipodomys spectabilis (Rodentia: Heteromyidae), in Utah
George V. Oliver, Anthony L. Wright
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We report the discovery in Utah of Dipodomys spectabilis, a species previously unknown to occur in the state. We searched for D. spectabilis in extreme southeastern Utah, south of the San Juan River, and were successful in finding mounds and burrows characteristic of the species and in capturing one individual. This is the northernmost record for D. spectabilis and extends its known range ∼84 km northwest of the nearest previously reported locality (Fruitland, San Juan County, New Mexico). A flea, Meringis rectus, collected from D. spectabilis, is also the first record of its species in Utah.

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George V. Oliver and Anthony L. Wright "The Banner-Tailed Kangaroo Rat, Dipodomys spectabilis (Rodentia: Heteromyidae), in Utah," Western North American Naturalist 70(4), 562-566, (1 January 2011).
Received: 4 November 2009; Accepted: 1 May 2010; Published: 1 January 2011
banner-tailed kangaroo rat
Dipodomys spectabilis
Meringis rectus
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