SPALACIDAE: Subfamilies RHIZOMYINAE, SPALACINAE, TACHYORYCTINAE
The Spalacidae are a family of rodents assigned to the Superfamily Muroidea. The family consists of four subfamilies
each of which has sometimes been considered a family in its own right. The Rhizomyinae consists of two genera and
four species, distributed westward to Nepal, northward and eastward to China, and southward to Sumatra. The
Spalacinae consists of one genus, Spalax, with nine species distributed in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Turkey,
and northeastward into western Siberia. The Tachyoryctinae consists of one genus, Tachyoryctes, with thirteen
species in East Africa. The fourth subfamily, the Myospalacinae (western Siberia, Mongolia and China), is not
shown on this map.
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