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Range Description

Ochotona koslowi is endemic to China (Smith and Xie 2008). A 1999 survey concluded that O. koslowi occurs in three localities; "(i) the Valley of the Winds, where the type specimens were collected (the exact location is not clear, but it is conjectured to be in the central or west Kunlun Mountains); (ii) the juncture of the Kunlun and Kala-Kunlun mountains, which is located south-east of Mount Kongke; and (iii) in the Arjin Mountain Nature Reserve, including the areas verified in 1984, 1988 and during the current survey. During the present investigation, it was verified that the distribution is nearly continuous between Aqik Lake, Yueya River and Tuzi Lake. The distance between these three limits is 800 km east to west, running parallel to the Kala-Kunlun mountains, where the distribution of Koslov's pika is limited and discontinuous" (Li et al. 2006). It is speculated that its distribution may extend further west than is currently known. This species was previously recorded in two additional localities, "Kuzyuk-Kakty Pass" and near Arkatag village by the Przehevalski expedition in 1884 (Smith et al. 1990). The locality of Ikhe-Tsaidemin Nur requires confirmation (Smith et al. 1990). This species occurs at elevations of 4,200-4,800 m (Smith and Xie 2008).


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