| This pocket gopher and four others now listed as separate species may soon share the name Cratogeomys fumosus. The five species are geographically isolated from each other, but are proving to be so similar genetically that scientists are questioning whether they are distinct. If they prove to be conspecific, the name Cratogeomys fumosus will carry the day, because it was the first of these pocket gophers to be described, named, and have the name published in a scientific journal. C. Hart Merriam, who named it, in 1892, went on to find and describe four of the other five pocket gophers in this group. There are more than a few animals whose specific epithet is "merriami," because other scientists named species in honor of Dr. Merriam.
Head and Body: 140-260 mm; Tail: 60-125 mm
Goldman, E.A., 1939. Journal of Mammalogy, 20:91.
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