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A revised subgeneric classification of short-tailed opossums (Didelphidae, Monodelphis). (American Museum novitates, no. 3868)

Show simple item record Pavan, Silvia E. Voss, Robert S. 2016-12-05T15:12:15Z 2016-12-05T15:12:15Z 2016-12-01
dc.description 44 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm. en_US
dc.description.abstract Members of the didelphid marsupial genus Monodelphis have previously been classified into species groups, but such informal subdivisions are inconsistent among authors and have contributed little but confusion to the taxonomic history of the genus. Recent molecular phylogenetic studies, however, have consistently recovered several strongly supported multispecies clades that merit formal recognition. Here we define and illustrate morphological characters that are useful for diagnosing these monophyletic groups, which we name and rank as subgenera to conserve binomial usage: Monodelphis Burnett, 1830 (for M. arlindoi, M. brevicaudata, M. domestica, M. glirina, M. palliolata, M. sanctaerosae, and M. touan), Microdelphys Burmeister, 1856 (for M. americana, M. gardneri, M. iheringi, and M. scalops), Monodelphiops Matschie, 1916 (for M. dimidiata and M. unistriata); Mygalodelphys, new subgenus (for M. adusta, M. handleyi, M. kunsi, M. osgoodi, M. peruviana, M. pinocchio, M. reigi, and M. ronaldi); and Pyrodelphys, new subgenus (for M. emiliae). We provide morphological diagnoses and describe pairwise comparisons to facilitate subgeneric identification, and we summarize subgeneric patterns of geographical distribution and sympatry to supplement recently published biogeographic analyses of the genus. 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.3868.
dc.subject Short-tailed opossums. en_US
dc.subject Opossums. en_US
dc.subject Phylogeny. en_US
dc.title A revised subgeneric classification of short-tailed opossums (Didelphidae, Monodelphis). (American Museum novitates, no. 3868) en_US
dc.title.alternative Subgenera of shorttailed opossums (Monodelphis). 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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