A couple taxonomy news:
1. Peromyscus mice are usually very easy to ID even in areas with many species present, so I’m sure nobody will be confused by yet another species being described from central Mexico. I haven’t read the paper yet; will wait until it’s on sci-hub… sorry, I mean, until I have money to buy access.
2. There is a new theory on the identity of small wolves/jackals from Afar region. Look for them in Awash NP (see my 2009 trip report).
I know Gippoliti’s work, which includes such convincing articles as splitting Bongo and papers bashing anyone who doesn’t buy extreme versions of the PSC…. So it is not very surprising, but then it is no wonder many people dislike taxonomists :p.
Slightly related: I heard that Lynx Edicions would rework their mammal taxonomy to make it more uniform, have you heard anything about it and does it mean we end up with a gazillion species of Red Deer or will they (finally) lump Klipspringer and many others?
This is the Mexican Deer Mouse paper that Vladimir mentioned
Interesting… It looks like these are the “Peromyscus maniculatus” that are recorded in survey reports as commonly caught in some high-elevation sites of the Tarascan Plateau near Uruapan, Michoacan. Btw a really cool area with a lot of other endemic mammals e.g. Peromyscus hylocetes and kilpatricki, Reithrodontomys zacatecae, Sigmodon alleni, Cratogeomys fumosus, and (endemic genus) Zygogeomys trichopus. Relatively safe and well worth visiting. Great for conifers too.
I’ve also not heard of P. labecula before. It seems like that’s what they’re calling P. maniculatus (which needs to be split anyway) of the semiarid Mexican Plateau.
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With regards to the proposed Afar Jackal split, the paper is not convincing at all. They present hardly any morphological and evolutionary data and exactly 0 genetics work. There is nothing that proves it could be a separate species instead of just an ecomorph.