Geographical distribution and karyotype of Nannospalax ehrenbergi (Nehring 1898) (Rodentia, Spalacidae) in Iraq


  • Zaitoon Ahmed Hamad Dicle University Institute of Science Biology Section, Diyarbakır /Turkey
  • Alaettin Kaya Dicle University Science Faculty, Department of Biology, Diyarbakır/Turkey
  • Yüksel Coşkun Dicle University Science Faculty, Department of Biology, Diyarbakır/Turkey



Rodentia, Spalacidae, Nannospalax ehrenbergi, Karyology, Iraq


This paper concerns the karyological analysis of fourteen mole rats collected in four different localities of North-Iraq (Kurdistan Region). The result showed that they belong to the following cytotypes of Nannospalax ehrenbergi: «Duhok-Bardarash Population» 2n = 52, NF = 76, and NFa = 72 and «Arbil-Sulaimania-Kirkuk populations» 2n = 52, NF = 80 and NFa = 76. The karyotypes of the Duhok population are similar to those from Mosul, but the Arbil-Sulaimania-Kirkuk populations’ karyotype represents a new chromosomal form. Their distribution extends from North Iraq to Sulaimania.


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Hamad, Z. A., Kaya, A., & Coşkun, Y. (2019). Geographical distribution and karyotype of Nannospalax ehrenbergi (Nehring 1898) (Rodentia, Spalacidae) in Iraq. Caryologia, 72(4), 79-83.