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L Granjon, JM Duplantier, J Catalan, and J Britton-Davidian (1997)

Systematics of the genus Mastomys (Thomas, 1915) (Rodentia: Muridae) - A review


An update of the systematics of the genus Mastomys is presented, based on a bibliographical analysis and recent results obtained in various fields. Seven species are considered, namely M. erythroleucus, M. coucha, M. shortridgei, M. natalensis, M. huberti, M. pernanus and M. verheyeni. M. hildebrandtii, listed by some authors, is considered here as species inquirenda, due to insufficient evidence. The main characteristics of these species are described, with special emphasis on the karyotype, which appears to be an especially informative, species-specific character in the genus. The known distribution of each species is mapped and the various intrageneric phylogenetic hypotheses are presented. The difficulties that remain in this group are listed, together with some directions in which further research should be carried on.

Mastomys; systematics; chromosomes; species limits
International Workshop on Rodent Biology and Integrated Pest Management in Africa, MOROGORO, TANZANIA, OCT 21-25, 1996
  • 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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