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Range DescriptionThis species is known from two localities in Iran (Kurdistan) and from three regions in Turkey: in the vicinity of Meydanekbez, Hakkari and Tatvan (Krystufek et al. 2001). All records are from the southern margin of the Anatolian-Iranian high plateau (Krystufek et al. 2001). The species could be found more widely distributed in the western parts of the range (there is only one record from 1800s that was not precise) (Turkey and potentially adjacent Syria), and there are Upper Pleistocene records (as Talpa chthonia) further south. This suggests that the species' range has been shrinking over the last ten thousand years. Specimens were apparently always collected at altitudes of around 2000 metres above sea level.