2003. We have five species of Prairie Dogs; black-tailed, white-tailed, Mexican, Gunnison’s and Utah. . (Ceballos-G. and Wilson, 1985; Feldhamer, et al., 2003; Slobodchikoff, et al., 2009), Mexican prairie dogs are polygynous and commonly form groups of females that reside within their mother's territory resulting in large clans or colonies (i.e., matrilocal harems). The Mexican prairie dog (Cynomys mexicanus) is an endangered species that is endemic to the northeastern Mexico states of Coahuila, Nuevo León, and San Luis Potosí.We provide descriptions of historical, recent, and current distributions of this species by integrating available distributional information from the literature, museum records, and new field observations. imitates a communication signal or appearance of another kind of organism. The Mexican prairie dog (Cynomys mexicanus) is endemic to Mexico in a restricted range of approximately 500 km² in northwestern Mexico, in the states of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, and San Luis Potosi. Individuals can grow to 341.09 mm. Mexican prairie dogs are known to forage on Croton dioicus, Sphaeralcea angustifolia, Solanum elaeagnifolium, and Setaria leucophyla. Mellado, M., A. Olvera, A. Quero, G. Mendoza. They have five digits on each foot, and each digit has a thick, black, curved claw. Individuals from the southern limits of their geographic range tend to be larger than those from northern areas. Texas Journal of Science, 49/3: 207-214. To obtain basic data on diet, parasites, reproduction, relationship with other small mammals, and predators, during the spring and summer, we studied a prairie dog colony at El Manantial, San Luis Potosí, northeastern México. Stephanie Hardy (author), University of Manitoba, Jane Waterman (editor), University of Manitoba, John Berini (editor), Animal Diversity Web Staff. Heavier females gain a reproductive advantage by copulating earlier than lighter females, and heavier pregnant and lactating females dominate lighter and non-reproductive females in behavioural interactions. In 1956, the Mexican prairie dog was reported as occurring in Coahuila, Nuevo León, and San Luis Potosí. Distribution and conservation status of prairie dogs Cynomus mexicanus and Cynomys ludovicianus in Mexico. Late Pleistocene (Rancholabrean) Cynomus (Rodentia, Sciuridae: prairie dog) from northwestern Sonora, Mexico. Rangeland Ecology Management, 58: 373-379. This switch in diet may be due to the decrease in nutritional quality of grasses as they mature, and suggests that Mexican prairie dogs strive to maintain a high quality diet year round. Burrow openings are spaced several meters apart and are characteristically marked by a mound of dirt ranging from 0.5 to 1.5 m in diameter and 0.2 to 1.0 m high. Treatment as an agricultural pest has led to its status as an endangered species. Prairie Dogs' Habitat and Lifestyle. Other prairie dog species are host to protozoans, tapeworms, roundworms, and spiny-headed worms, so it possible that Mexican prairie dogs do as well. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press. The establishment and expansion of colonies requires that individuals select open areas or remove vegetation in prospective expansion area. Vegetation is made up mostly of grasses, the height and species diversity of which depend largely on the amount of moisture available. Endothermy is a synapomorphy of the Mammalia, although it may have arisen in a (now extinct) synapsid ancestor; the fossil record does not distinguish these possibilities. Autogrooming is often displayed with individuals scratching, biting or licking themselves to remove these parasites. Juveniles remain underground for 5 to 6 weeks, after which they emerge independent of parental care. These mounds, known as rim craters, serve as observation posts for spotting potential predators. The distal half of the tail is black, which distinguishes them in appearance from most other species in the genus. Scott-Morales, L., E. Estrada, F. Chavex-Ramirez, M. Cotera. Males begin producing sperm in December, just prior to the onset of breeding season, and discontinue sperm production in April. Slobodchikoff, C., B. Perla, J. Verdolin. All are small animals and range between 12 and 17 inches (30 and 43 centimeters) long and weigh in at between 1 and 3 pounds (0.45 and 1.3 kilograms). digs and breaks up soil so air and water can get in, defends an area within the home range, occupied by a single animals or group of animals of the same species and held through overt defense, display, or advertisement. Deserts can be cold or warm and daily temperates typically fluctuate. Males have a baculum, a penis bone found in most mammals that aids in intercourse, that averages 4.92 mm. A typical town has a funnel-like entrance that slants down into a corridor up to 100 ft (30 m) long, with side chambers for storage and nesting. Cynomys mexicanus is fully protected by Mexican law, although it is only in Racho Los Angeles, Coahuila where any substantial protection is enforced. Burrows are usually 5 to 10 m long and 2 to 3 m deep, but can reach lengths of up to 33 meters and depths of up to 5 meters. (Slobodchikoff, et al., 2009), The most important communications that occur between prairie dogs are vocalizations. Mexican prairie dogs are known to host numerous species of parasitic arthropods, including fleas, lice, and ticks. Estrus of all females in a colony is asynchronous, which helps decrease intracolony competition for mates. (Ceballos-G. and Wilson, 1985; Feldhamer, et al., 2003; Hoogland, 1995; Mellink and Madrigal, 1993; Pizzimenti and McClenaghan Jr., 1974; Rioja-Paradela, et al., 1998; Slobodchikoff, et al., 2009), Although responsibilities differ, both genders provide care to their young. The Animal Diversity Web team is excited to announce ADW Pocket Guides! Individual coteries are found in close proximity of each other, creating colonies of up to 100 individuals. Surprisingly, no cases of sylvatic plague have been reported in Mexican prairie dogs. Recreational shooting, modification of land for agricultural purposes, soil erosion by cattle herding, and eradication programs have all contributed to their declining numbers. By the 1980s, it had disappeared from Nuevo León. The Mexican prairie dog is endangered species which is a diurnal burrowing rodent inhabiting Mexico. ranking system or pecking order among members of a long-term social group, where dominance status affects access to resources or mates, to jointly display, usually with sounds in a highly coordinated fashion, at the same time as one other individual of the same species, often a mate. Additional support has come from the Marisla Foundation, UM College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Museum of Zoology, and Information and Technology Services. Cynomys mexicanus originated about 230,000 years ago from a peripherally isolated population of the more widespread Cynomys ludovicianus. These coteries typically contain one breeding male, two or three adult females, and one or two yearlings, and average 6.13 individuals per coterie. It has been found that some chambers in these burrows serve specific purposes such as nurseries for new mothers and their young. Cynomys mexicanus Mexican prairie dog. There are five species of prairie dog: black-tailed, Utah, Mexican, white-tailed and Gunnison. Animalia: information (1) Animalia: pictures (20673) Animalia: specimens (7109) Animalia: sounds (722) Animalia: maps (42) Eumetazoa metazoans. The Prairie Dog Coalition is an alliance of nonprofit organizations, scientists, and concerned citizens dedicated to the protection of imperiled prairie dogs and the restoration of their habitats. Population densities are lower in the southern extremities of their geographic range, which likely results in higher extinction rates in these areas. Historically, they were also found in the state of Zacatecas. 2010. Breeding season in Mexican prairie dogs is longer than in most other Cynomys species due to the climatic conditions of the Mexican Plateau where they are found. Greet-kissing occurs between two males, two females, or a male and a female, and between individuals of any age. (Slobodchikoff, et al., 2009), Dispersal is male biased, and dispersal distance ranges from 2 to 3 km. Quaternary International, 217: 138-142. Topics Trevino-Villarreal, J., I. Berk, A. Aguirre, W. Grant. Twitter. This excavation can lead to increased porosity of the soil, therefore allowing water to penetrate deeper, and increase groundwater recharge. These calls are nearly indistinguishable from calls of their close relatives, the black-tailed prairie dogs, and include barks, snarls, growls, screams, and yips. (Ceballos, et al., 1993; Mead, et al., 2010; Trevino-Villareal and Grant, 1998), The Mexican prairie dog is found at elevations between 1600 and 2200 meters. chemicals released into air or water that are detected by and responded to by other animals of the same species, having more than one female as a mate at one time, communicates by producing scents from special gland(s) and placing them on a surface whether others can smell or taste them, breeding is confined to a particular season, reproduction that includes combining the genetic contribution of two individuals, a male and a female. (Ceballos-G. and Wilson, 1985; Feldhamer, et al., 2003; Hoogland, 1995; Mellink and Madrigal, 1993; Pizzimenti and McClenaghan Jr., 1974; Rioja-Paradela, et al., 1998; Slobodchikoff, et al., 2009), Both males and females may begin mating before one-year-old, however males typically wait until two years of age. Treatment as an agricultural pest has led to its status as an endangered species. In dunes near seas and oceans this is compounded by the influence of salt in the air and soil. Animals with bilateral symmetry have dorsal and ventral sides, as well as anterior and posterior ends. Savannas are grasslands with scattered individual trees that do not form a closed canopy. Often, they create a series of 4 to 7 short, shallow escape burrows 8 to 10 m away from their nest burrows. Prairie Dog Species Black-tailed prairie dogs, the best known of the five prairie dog species, live in larger communities called towns, which may contain many hundreds of animals. Diets of prairie dogs, goats, and sheep on a desert rangeland. Their winter coat, which most individuals have in full by early November, contains dense underfur that helps retain heat. It is diurnal and terrestrial and lives in "towns"(c… Each molting period lasts about two weeks, and unlike other members of the genus who shed anteriorly to posteriorly, Mexican prairie dogs shed irregularly and patchily. This creature is very strange-looking, and in critical danger of extinction. Referring to a burrowing life-style or behavior, specialized for digging or burrowing. young are born in a relatively underdeveloped state; they are unable to feed or care for themselves or locomote independently for a period of time after birth/hatching. Because Mexican prairie dogs are a keystone species, declining populations are resulting in a domino effect, which has caused other species to be threatened or endangered. The Blank-Tailed Prairie Dog: Social Life of a Burrowing Mammal. Young have full pelage by 3 to 4 weeks and their eyes open around 4 to 5 weeks after birth. The Mexican prairie dog Cynomys mexicanus is endangered. In addition, sloped environments are often very rocky and thus provide poor habitat for fossorial animals. Females have 8 mammae, unlike some Cynomys species, which have 10 (e.g., white-tailed prairie dog). It is regarded as a subspecies of the prairie dog. Continued decline in geographic distribution of the Mexican prairie dog (Cynomyc mexicanus). Similar to black-tailed prairie dogs, Mexican prairier dogs have two distinct coats, one during the summer and one with thick underfur during the winter. Journal of Mammalogy, 79/4: 1273-1287. This lasts only one or two seconds, after which the animals continue with their prior activities. Genetic variation among populations of the Mexican prairie dog. Alvarez-Castaneda, S., I. Castro-Arellano, T. Lacher, E. Vazquez. These boundaries are defended by all members of the group. Chicago, Illinois: University of Chicago Press. Classification, To cite this page: A terrestrial biome. In prairie dog ludovicianus) and Mexican (C. mexicanus) species live in large, dense colonies that early explorers described as “towns.” Colonies are divided by topographic and vegetational features into semidiscrete wards formed from smaller extended family groups, or coteries. 1985. Journal of Mammalogy, 68/3: 555-560. They have a significant impact on soil composition, excavating large burrow systems and creating strong bottom-up effects. Predators include coyotes, bobcats, eagles, hawks, badgers, snakes, and weasels. Mellink, E., H. Madrigal. Iteroparous animals must, by definition, survive over multiple seasons (or periodic condition changes). Acta Zoologica Mexicana, 22/3: 107-130. Accessed Prairie dogs are like a squirrel that lives in burrows Greenland. Males give out a mating call that resembles an alarm call. Estrus is very short, averaging 1 day in early March. These are the grasslands located in the convergence of the states of San Luis Potosí, Nuevo León, and Coahuila. Rioja-Paradela, T., L. Scott-Morales, M. Cotera-Correa, E. Estrada-Castillon. Livestock commonly feed on these plants, and higher abundance translates to more food available and healthier livestock for farmers. "Mexican prairie dog is designated as Endangered given that its extent of occurrence is less than 600km^2, its distribution is highly fragmented, and there is continuing decline in its extent of occurrence, area of occupancy, extent and quality of its habitat, and number of locations"(IUCN RED-List). Unlike black-tailed prairie dogs and white-tailed prairie dogs, mexican prairie dogs do not have a black or dark brown line above the eyes. Yeaton, R., J. Flores-Flores. (Ceballos-G. and Wilson, 1985; Feldhamer, et al., 2003; Hoogland, 1995; Pizzimenti and McClenaghan Jr., 1974; Slobodchikoff, et al., 2009; Yeaton and Flores-Flores, 2006), Dominance hierarchies occur within coteries. Dear Sirs, We have recently learned that the largest remaining colony of highly endangered Mexican prairie dogs have suffered habitat destruction by misplaced soil conservation works and potentially other harmful activities. The Utah prairie dog Cynomys parvidens was saved from extinction by the Endangered Species Act but is still considered an endangered species. The Mexican prairie dog (Cynomys mexicanus) is a diurnal burrowing rodent native to Mexico. helps break down and decompose dead plants and/or animals, uses smells or other chemicals to communicate, to jointly display, usually with sounds, at the same time as two or more other individuals of the same or different species. And prairie dogs themselves are a key food source for everything from coyotes … Occasionally, hostile interactions between coteries within a single colony occur, as individuals defend territories from other coteries. gonochoric/gonochoristic/dioecious (sexes separate), Wild Mammals of North America: Biology, Management, and Conservation, The Blank-Tailed Prairie Dog: Social Life of a Burrowing Mammal, Prairie Dogs: Communication and Community in an Animal Society. Skin pigmentation occurs after 12 days, and hair begins to develop after approximately 2 weeks. Similar to other Cynomys species, they have wide zygomatic arches and well defined zygomatic processes. 1995. Although infanticide is known to occur in white-tailed prairie dogs and Utah prairie dogs, there have been no known reports of infanticide occuring in Mexican prairie dogs. (Ceballos, et al., 1993; Mead, et al., 2010; Scott-Morales, et al., 2004; Trevino-Villarreal, et al., 1997; Yeaton and Flores-Flores, 2006), Mexican prairie dogs are one of the largest species in the Cynomys genus, only slightly smaller than black-tailed prairie dogs, from which they are hypothesized to have diverged from approximately 42,000 years ago. Burrowing leads to aeration of the soil, cycling of nutrients, and changing the soil texture. Although the lifespan of Mexican prairie dogs has not been documented, male black-tailed prairie dogs do not live longer than 5 years, but females may live up to 8 years of age. Mexican prairie dogs are one of the largest species in the Cynomys genus, only slightly smaller than black-tailed prairie dogs, from which they are hypothesized to have diverged from approximately 42,000 years ago. This daylight emergence is consistent with the high number of cones and small number of rods within their retinas. English & Spanish versions included here. They are closely related to squirrels, chipmunks, and marmots. 2004. They are found in the regions of southern Coahuila and northern San Luis Potosí in northern Mexico, where they eat herbs and grasses native to the plains where they live. An animal that eats mainly plants or parts of plants. Their spring pelage, which is present by March or April, is characterized by a heavy coat with think underfur.  They are born with eyes closed and use their tails as visual aids until they can see, about 40 days after birth. Gestation lasts 30 days, from early March to early April, after which altricial young are born pink, hairless, and blind. Ecology of Mexican prairie dogs, Cynomys mexcianus in El Manantial, northeastern Mexico. Friendly behaviors include a greet-kiss, play, and allogrooming, while aggressive behaviours include chasing, fighting, facing each other while fluffing out their tails, and chasing conspecifics away from individual feeding grounds. Up to 1996 the species experienced a loss of c. 60% of its historical range, and in the last few years a further loss of habitat has occurred, with the current … Los perritos de la pradera mexicano están en peligro de extinción porque se han matado muchos por comer cultivos. American Midland Naturalist, 92/1: 130-145. Cynomys mexicanus originated about 230,000 years ago from a peripherally isolated population of the more widespread Cynomys ludovicianus.. Eumetazoa: pictures (20647) Eumetazoa: specimens (7100) Prairie dog lives in open grasslands and prairies. McCullough, D., R. Chesser. Aerial predators include golden eagles, peregrine falcons, prairie falcons, and northern goshawks. This includes Greenland, the Canadian Arctic islands, and all of the North American as far south as the highlands of central Mexico. The Animal Diversity Web is an educational resource written largely by and for college students. Prairie dogs tend to be celebrated for their larger ecological virtues. In dune areas vegetation is also sparse and conditions are dry. The Mexican prairie dog weighs about 1 kg (2.2 lb). Conservation groups such as Pronatura Noreste and Profauna, with the help of donors, carry out conservation efforts for the protection of prairie dogs and associated species, such as shorebirds and birds of prey. Although it has not been documented in Mexican prairie dogs, some Cynomys species stand upright in an alert posture (i.e., posting), which allows them to see predators more easily and makes them visible to other prairie dogs in the local area. It occupies deep rock-free soils inopen plains and plateaus of inter-montane valleys. They reach sexual maturity after one year, with a lifespan of 3–5 years; adults weigh about 1 kg (2.2 lb) and are 14-17 inches long, and males are larger than females. Overall, forbs account for nearly 60% of their annual diet, shrubs account for 14% to 17% annually, and grasses account for approximately 22%. The Southwestern Naturalist, 43/2: 147-154. having body symmetry such that the animal can be divided in one plane into two mirror-image halves. 1987. Vegetation is typically sparse, though spectacular blooms may occur following rain. This material is based upon work supported by the Breeding takes place underground, and therefore little is known of copulation behavior in this species. They are diurnal herbivores. (Feldhamer, et al., 2003), It has been suggested that sylvatic plague could be devastating to the survival of Mexican prairie dogs. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. Adults range in mass from 300 to 900 grams in the spring, and 500 to 2000 grams in the fall. 2010. Ceballos-G., G., D. Wilson. Prairie dogs excavate elaborate burrow systems with many entrances marked by low or volcano-shaped mounds. Grants DRL 0089283, DRL 0628151, DUE 0633095, DRL 0918590, and DUE 1122742. They have even been found to use their teeth to dig, although this is less common. By eating only certain plants and grazing, they play an active role in altering the diversity and abundance of local plant communities. Decreased cover allows for earlier predator detection, and living in large social groups allows individuals to spend more time feeding rather than constantly scanning for predators. They begin molting their spring coat in September. associates with others of its species; forms social groups. Habitat destruction has caused resources to become limited, and the continued loss of grassland habitat prevents the recovery of the species. Juveniles with higher body mass have a better change of survival. National Science Foundation Prairie dog acceptance of baits and toxicants varies with weather, time of year, available food alternatives, amount of harassment of the prairie dog colonies, and other unknown causes. Ceballos, G., E. Mellink, L. Hanebury. Since large percent of their habitats is already converted in pastures and farming areas, number of … They also have many black whiskers that can reach 3 cm in length. The Southwestern Naturalist, 43/2: 147-154. Trevino-Villarreal, J., W. Grant, A. Cardona-Estrada. Prairie dogs of all species avoid steeply sloped areas due to decreased predator detection in these habitats. They are found in The Nearctic. Pups leave their mothers by fall. , The current habitat of Mexican prairie dogs is in the region known as El Tokio. These flat areas are covered with herbsand grasses and usually surrounded by mature desert vegetation. The Mexican prairie dog is a large, stout member of the squirrel family, closely related to ground squirrels, chipmunks, and marmots. Within a coterie, resident animals engage in both friendly and aggressive behaviors. Throughout the remainder of the year, their diet is an equal mix of both grasses and forbs. Mexican prairie dogs are known to drag their rump along the ground, which is thought to be a way of leaving olfactory marks from their anal glands. The habitat is commonly surrounded by arid scrub and contains short grasses typical of calcareous and gypsophyllum soils such as creeping muhly (Muhlenbergia repens) and burrograss (Scleropogon brevifolius). 2009. Abstract. Mexican prairie dogs are highly dependent on fat reserves during long periods of warm temperatures. Trevino-Villareal, J., W. Grant. The pelage has a grizzled effect, as individual hairs covering its body have four bands of color: black at the proximal end, then white, red, and yellow at their tips. Treatment as an agricultural pest has led to its status as an endangered species. Habitat fragmentation and a small geographic range have resulted in Cynomys mexicanus being listed as endangered by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources). The Canis lupus baileyi is a species of wolf, of which there are currently less than … As they grow older, young play fighting games that involve biting, hissing, and tackling. Although mainly herbivores, they have been known to eat insects.  Towns can contain hundreds of animals, but generally have fewer than 50, with a single alpha male. This also occurs between members of different coteries, and after the kiss, the resident individual will chase the intruder out of the territory. IUCN Red List of Treatened Species. Vast prairie dog towns with millions of inhabitants are a thing of the past, but a few preserved colonies, such as the one at Mackenzie State Park, ensure that we will be able to watch the prairie dog and enjoy its antics into the future. 1993. These prairie dogs prefer to inhabit rock-free soil in plains at an altitude of 1,600–2,200 m (5,200–7,200 ft). Wild Mammals of North America: Biology, Management, and Conservation. Northern prairie dogs hibernate and have a shorter mating season, which generally lasts from January to April. Other predators that include prairie dogs on their menu are eagles, hawks, coyotes, bobcats, and badgers. Scientific interest in Mexican prairie dogs has increased due to the realization that their populations are declining. Mexican grey wolf. In fact, the species … (Mellado, et al., 2005a; Mellado, et al., 2005b; Mellink and Madrigal, 1993; Yeaton and Flores-Flores, 2006), Mexican prairie dogs have a wide range of predators, both terrestrial and aerial. Biological Conservation, 63: 105-112. Although calls do not change based on predator type (e.g., terrestrial vs. aerial), they increase in rate (i.e., barks per minute) when a predator is closer. These adorable animals can be found in the North America, Canada and Mexico. Mexican prairie dogs have blunt noses and small mouse-like ears. Taxon Information Fleas are most common before the breeding season, and an individual may have up to 300. They are closely related to squirrels, chipmunks, and marmots. (Hoogland, 1995; Slobodchikoff, et al., 2009), Humans have played a significant role in the decline of Cynomys mexicanus. Despite their many predators, Mexican prairie dogs appear to have high a survival rate and researchers rarely see predation occurring under natural conditions. Their coloring is yellowish, with darker ears and a lighter belly. Cynomys Mexicanus. Currently, 74% of their range is found in Nuevo Leon, 24% in Coahuila, and only 2% in San Luis Potosi. Reproduction and behavior of the Mexican prairie dog (Cynomys mexicanus). Facebook. Weaning occurs during late May and early June, when yearlings may break away from the burrow. The bare patches of ground created by their grazing and burrowing attract certain insects that feed a variety of birds. Pronatura Noreste, as of February 2007, has signed conservation easements with ejidos and private owners for the protection of more than 42,000 acres (170 km2) of Mexican prairie dog grasslands. Black-tailed Prairie Dog Reintroduction Across North America, there are a total of five types of prairie dogs: black-tailed, Gunnison’s, Mexican, Utah, and white-tailed. reproduction in which fertilization and development take place within the female body and the developing embryo derives nourishment from the female. They are strongly associated with outcrops of gypsum soils, which are of low productivity. During periods of active plant growth, feeding efforts are focused on stems and leaves, but at other times focus on forbs, cacti, and yucca. Reproduction, growth and development and behavior in the Mexican prairie dog, Cynomus mexicanus. Treatment as an agricultural pest has led to its status as an endangered species. Adults range in mass from 300 to 900 grams in the spring, and 500 to 2000 grams in the fall. Feldhamer, G., B. Thompson, J. Chapman. Treatment as an agricultural pest has led to its status as an endangered species. Patterns of occurrence and abundance in colony complexes of the Mexican prairie dog (Cynomys mexicanus) in productive and unproductive grasslands. Alarm calls sound similar to the bark of a small dog, which is how the prairie dog got its name. Characterization of soil texture in Mexican prairie dog (Cynomys mexicanus) colonies. Journal of Mammalogy, 74/3: 631-635. Fire and grazing are important in the long-term maintenance of grasslands. 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In the past, Mexican prairie dogs were an important food source for Native Americans and European explorers, however this no longer occurs. and across multiple seasons (or other periods hospitable to reproduction). They are similar and related to squirrels, chipmunks, and marmots. This in turn adds organic matter and nutrient salts to the soils, increasing benefits to the plants and organisms living in the soil, thus making them more abundant. The Mexican prairie dog (Cynomys mexicanus) is a diurnal burrowing rodent native to Mexico. They have not been introduced anywhere else in the world. These flea species, both of which have been found on Mexican prairie dogs, can be transmitted by other rodents or predators. Accessed January 19, 2021 at https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Cynomys_mexicanus/. If a female wishes to mate, it permits the approach of a sexually active male. 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