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Reidentification and reallocation of Mus callitrichus and allocations of Rattus maculipilis, R.m. jentinki, and R. microbullatus (Rodentia, Muridae). American Museum novitates ; no. 2440

Show simple item record Musser, Guy G. en_US 2005-10-06T16:32:53Z 2005-10-06T16:32:53Z 1970 en_US
dc.description 35 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 33-35). en_US
dc.description.abstract "The historical usage of the name callitrichus and the allocations of taxa associated with it can be summarized as follows: Rattus callitrichus callitrichus (Jentink): Mus callitrichus Jentink ... Mus callithrichus ... Rattus callitrichus ... Lenomys callitrichus ... Eropeplus callitrichus ... Rattus maculipilis. Rattus callitrichus jentinki Laurie and Hill: Rattus maculipilis jentinki.... Rattus callitrichus microbullatus Tate and Archbold: Rattus microbullatus.... I have omitted Matschie's (1900, p. 280) reference to the specimen described under the name 'Mus (Gymnomys) callitrichus' from this synonymy because I have not seen the specimen and I cannot be certain of its identity. The treatment of the three subspecies of R. callitrichus listed above should be taken as provisional. My main purposes in this report are to allocate the name callitrichus to Rattus and to associate the names maculipilis, jentinki, and microbullatus with Rattus callitrichus. There are not enough specimens, and consequently inadequate data, to determine the actual geographic distribution and the individual and geographic variation in populations of R. callitrichus from northern, middle, and southeastern Celebes. Of the three sets of samples, the specimens from middle and southeastern Celebes are alike in color of pelage, and both contrast with the sample from northeastern Celebes. On the other hand, the samples from northeastern and middle Celebes are closely similar in dimensions, proportions, and configurations of skulls and teeth; the specimens from southeastern Celebes are conspicuously set apart from the two other series in these features. The significance of these external, cranial, and dental differences, however, cannot be realistically evaluated with the small samples that are now available for study. Nor can I comment now on the morphological and zoogeographical relationships of R. callitrichus to other species of Rattus. Ellerman (1949) thought that R. callitrichus was the counterpart on Celebes of R. infraluteus, a species allied to R. mülleri and known from Borneo, Sumatra, and Java (Chasen, 1940). Laurie and Hill compared the two specimens of R. maculipilis with R. infraluteus and pointed out the close cranial resemblances between the two species. The association between these two species needs to be tested further, however, and I hope to present more information on the relationships of R. callitrichus in a future report on the taxonomy and geographic distribution of rodents of Celebes"--P. 31-32. en_US
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dc.language eng en_US
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dc.publisher New York, N.Y. : American Museum of Natural History en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Museum novitates ; no. 2440 en_US
dc.subject.lcc QL1 .A436 no.2440, 1970 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mus callitrichus en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Rattus maculipilis en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Rattus microbullatus en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Rodents -- Indonesia -- Celebes en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mammals -- Indonesia -- Celebes en_US
dc.title Reidentification and reallocation of Mus callitrichus and allocations of Rattus maculipilis, R.m. jentinki, and R. microbullatus (Rodentia, Muridae). American Museum novitates ; no. 2440 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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