Summary: This paper appeared in a Festschrift honoring the mammalogist Guy G. Musser. A
suitable citation follows:
Anderson, R. P., and E. E. Gutiérrez. 2009. Taxonomy, distribution, and natural history
of the genus Heteromys (Rodentia: Heteromyidae) in central and eastern
Venezuela, with the description of a new species from the Cordillera de la Costa.
In R. S. Voss and M. D. Carleton (editors), Systematic mammalogy: contributions
in honor of Guy G. Musser. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History
Taxonomy, Distribution, and Natural History of the Genus
Heteromys (Rodentia: Heteromyidae) in Central and Eastern
Venezuela, with the Description of a New Species from the
Cordillera de la Costa
ROBERT P. ANDERSON1
AND ELIE´ CER E. GUTIE´ RREZ2
Heteromys anomalus is widely distributed along the Caribbean coast of South America and
had been considered the only spiny pocket mouse present in Venezuela for several decades.
Recent taxonomic studies in western Venezuela, however, have documented the presence of H.
australis from the Cordillera de Me´rida and described H. oasicus from the Peni´nsula de