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Marco Corti, Riccardo Castiglia, Paolo Colangelo, Ernesto Capanna, Francesca Beolchini, Afework Bekele, Nicholas Oguge, Rhodes Makundi, Alfred Sichilima, Herwig Leirs, Walter Verheyen, and Ron Verhagen (2005)

Cytotaxonomy of rodent species from Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia


An extended survey of taxa belonging to two genera of Cricetomyinae (Cricetomys and Saccostomus), one Gerbillinae (Gerbilliscus), eight Murinae (Acomys, Aethomys, Arvicanthis, Lemniscomys, Mus (Nannomys), Mastomys, Grammomys, Stenocephalemys) and one Myoxidae (Graphiurus) was carried out as part of the EU programme ``Staplerat'' involving Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. Here we report the diploid and autosomal fundamental numbers of these rodent taxa. Seventeen of them were unknown, for four we report chromosomal variants and for another 16 new localities where they occur. We discuss their specific status taking into consideration our results together with data from literature and highlight the problems in taxonomy and systematics that are yet to be solved. due do their extended range and the Occurrence of species complexes. We highlight cases for which there should be a re-evaluation of specific names that were not included in the last rodent checklist.

cytogenetics; rodents; taxonomy; East Africa
  • ISSN: 0777-6276

ISSN 2295-0451 (online version)
ISSN 0777-6279 (printed version)
impact factor 2015: 0,87.

Prof. Dr. Isa Schön
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Vautierstraat 29
1000 Brussels, Belgium


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