Cynomys ludovicianus
common name: prairie dog

Photo by Bob Atkins

This well-known mammal represents a genus, Cynomys, the name given by Constantine Samuel Rafinesque when he first described Cynomys socialis. For details, see

Don E. Wilson and DeeAnn M. Reeder, editors, Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 2nd ed., Smithsonian Press, 1993, page 424.

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