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Z. Saugetierkunde 64 (1999) 121-125 1999Urban & Fischer Verlag
 

Summary: Z. Saugetierkunde 64 (1999) 121-125
1999Urban & Fischer Verlag
INTERNATIONALJOURNAL
OF MAMMALIAN BIOLOGY
The occurrenceand biogeographicsignificance of the southern
Spiny pocket mouseHeteromys australis in Venezuela
By R. F!ANDERSONand F!J. SORIANO
Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center, and Department of Ecology and
Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA, and Departamento de Biologia,
Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de 10s Andes, Me'rida, Venezuela
Receipt of Ms. 21. 09.1998
Acceptance of Ms. 27.11.1998
Key words: Heteromys, spiny pocket mice, biogeography,Andes, Venezuela
Although the origin and center of diversity of the rodent family Heteromyidae (spiny
pocket mice and relatives) lie in North or Central America (ROGERS1990),two species of
Heteromys are known to inhabit northwestern South America Heteromys anomalus
(Thompson, 1815) is distributed across northern Venezuela and Colombia and in the Rio
Magdalena Valley of central Colombia. Heteromys australis Thomas, 1901 is known only
from northwestern Ecuador north through western Colombia to eastern Panama and east
through the Colombian Andes to near Bogota (WILLIAMSet al. 1993).

  

Source: Anderson, Robert P. - Department of Biology, City College, City University of New York

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology