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Malaysian murids and the giant rat of Sumatra. Bulletin of the AMNH ; v. 174, article 4

Show simple item record Musser, Guy G. en_US Newcomb, Cameron. en_US 2005-10-06T14:21:26Z 2005-10-06T14:21:26Z 1983 en_US
dc.description p. 329-598 : ill., maps ; 26 cm. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 590-598). en_US
dc.description.abstract "We define the morphological boundaries and elucidate the contents of three Indo-Malayan murid genera: Palawanomys, new genus, known only from Palawan Island; Berylmys, primarily Indochinese in geographic distribution with a representative on the Sunda Shelf; and Sundamys, new genus, containing the giant rat of Sumatra and indigenous to the Sunda Shelf. We contrast the characteristics of these three genera with 11 others that have native species on the Sunda Shelf. Five of the Sundanese (or Malaysian) genera are endemic to the Shelf: Pithecheir, Kadarsanomys, Lenothrix, Palawanomys, and Sundamys. Maxomys, Haeromys, and Chiropodomys are basically Sundaic in that most of the species in each genus are endemic to the Shelf. Most of the species in the genera (Berylmys, Niviventer, Mus, and Rattus) occur outside of the Sunda region. Leopoldamys and Hapalomys are the only two which have an equal number of species in both Indochina and on the Sunda Shelf. We estimate there to be 40 native species of rats and mice on the peninsula and islands of the Sunda Shelf and 10 others whose distributions on the Shelf probably reflect introductions by human agency. Our view of the species and generic diversity of Malaysian murids, in which Rattus is a minor part, is contrasted with that of former workers who looked upon Rattus as a major component of the Sundaic murid fauna. We analyze the distributions of primitive and derived traits among the 14 native genera and examine possible phylogenetic relationships among them. Patterns formed by these alliances as well as by geographic distributions of the genera are described; questions are posed that will require answers from additional study"--P. 329. en_US
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dc.language eng en_US
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dc.publisher [New York] : American Museum of Natural History en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History ; v. 174, article 4 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Muridae -- Malaysia en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Muridae -- Malay Archipelago en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Rodents -- Malaysia en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Rodents -- Malay Archipelago en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mammals -- Malaysia en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mammals -- Malay Archipelago en_US
dc.title Malaysian murids and the giant rat of Sumatra. Bulletin of the AMNH ; v. 174, article 4 en_US
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    The Bulletin, published continuously since 1881, consists of longer monographic volumes in the field of natural sciences relating to zoology, paleontology, and geology. Current numbers are published at irregular intervals. The Bulletin was originally a place to publish short papers, while longer works appeared in the Memoirs. However, in the 1920s, the Memoirs ceased and the Bulletin series began publishing longer papers. A new series, the Novitates , published short papers describing new forms.

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