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Three new species of Musseromys (Muridae, Rodentia), the endemic Philippine tree mouse from Luzon Island. (American Museum novitates, no. 3802)

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dc.contributor.author Heaney, Lawrence R.
dc.contributor.author Balete, Danilo S., 1960-
dc.contributor.author Rickart, Eric A.
dc.contributor.author Veluz, M. Josefa (Maria Josefa)
dc.contributor.author Jansa, Sharon A.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-05-19T18:25:19Z
dc.date.available 2014-05-19T18:25:19Z
dc.date.issued 2014-05-16
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2246/6529
dc.description 27 pages : illustrations, map ; 26 cm. en_US
dc.description.abstract We describe and name three new species of Musseromys from the mountains of northern Luzon based on morphological and DNA sequence data. Previously, Musseromys was known only from one species from the lowlands of central Luzon. These are the smallest-known members of the cloud rat clade of endemic Philippine murids, weighing only 15-22 g, an order of magnitude smaller than the previously smallest known members of the clade (Carpomys spp.), and more than two orders of magnitude smaller than the largest members (Phloeomys spp.). These discoveries raise the number of native murids documented on Luzon to 43, 93% of which are endemic, and 88% of which are members of two endemic Philippine clades. Musseromys is inferred to have originated in montane habitats, probably in the Central Cordillera of northern Luzon, with movement to two other areas on Luzon, one in montane habitat and one in lowland habitat, associated with the speciation process. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher American Museum of Natural History. en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Museum novitates, no. 3802. en_US
dc.subject Musseromys inopinatus. en_US
dc.subject Musseromys beneficus. en_US
dc.subject Musseromys anacuao. en_US
dc.subject Muridae. en_US
dc.subject Mice. en_US
dc.subject Rodents. en_US
dc.subject Mountain animals. en_US
dc.subject Luzon (Philippines) en_US
dc.subject Philippines. en_US
dc.title Three new species of Musseromys (Muridae, Rodentia), the endemic Philippine tree mouse from Luzon Island. (American Museum novitates, no. 3802) en_US


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    Novitates (Latin for "new acquaintances"), published continuously and numbered consecutively since 1921, are short papers that contain descriptions of new forms and reports in zoology, paleontology, and geology. New numbers are published at irregular intervals.

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