Taxonomy news

1. A really cool new jerboa was described a few years ago from China. It hasn’t made it into any checklists yet, and there’s no data on its life appearance, behavior etc. I’m planning to go look for it as soon as travel in China becomes possible again.
2. Akodon kadiweu described from Sierra de Bodoquena in Mato Grosso Sul.
3. There is a proposal to split Glossophaga soricina into 4 species. I have the PDF if anybody needs it.
4. A review of Phyllotis xanthopygius complex proposes multiple splits. I have the PDF of this one, too.


  • Jon Hall

    Thanks Vladimir – great if you could email me the golossophaga paper .. cheers

  • Venkat Sankar

    Hey Vladimir – could you forward that to me too? Thanks! Just looking at the abstract, it seems like they elevated ssp. mutica of the Islas Marias to species designation which is really interesting… I heard from Mexican biologists that some of the other endemic bat subspecies there (e.g. Lasiurus blossevillii teliotis, the currently undescribed Natalus taxon, and especially Artibeus lituratus koopmani) might be next.

    • Vladimir Dinets

      Not surprised at all. Tres Marias are incredibly cool islands; probably lots of other undescribed stuff there as well. I saw some anoles that were likely undescribed species.

    • Vladimir Dinets

      But they didn’t elevate the island population to species; they note that it’s molecularly identical to those from Mexico to Guatemala. I think the entire proposal should be treated as preliminary until nuclear DNA data become available.
      If I understood them correctly, they propose a 4-way split as follows: G. soricina – S America E of the Andes, G. mutica (incl. handleyi) – Mexico and Central America, G. antillarum – Jamaica, G. valens – S America W of the Andes.

      • Venkat Sankar

        Vladimir – you’re right. From the abstract alone I incorrectly thought that they had just elevated ssp. mutica (which was considered endemic to the Islas Marias) to a full species.

        But looking at the full paper (thanks!) it seems like they are using that name to cover all the Central American (or at least Mexican) animals as you say, with the caveat that status of populations in Panama/Costa Rica remains unresolved.

        • Vladimir Dinets

          Well, the upside is that those proposed species are easy to see: all it takes is checking out hummingbird feeders in Monteverde, Mindo and Santa Teresa, plus a visit to Windsor Cave in Jamaica.

  • Jim

    Chimaerodipus auritus the name of the new gerboa. It’s astonishing that I’m the only one who added it (in 2017) to my list until you. We should be the only two

    • Vladimir Dinets

      I know; it’s not even on IUCN list despite at least one of the authors also being the author of some IUCN species accounts.

  • Mustela

    Hello Vladimir. I was wondering if you could send me the pdf of the Glossophaga proposal to my email:

  • Paul Carter

    Hi Vladimir
    Can you send me the 4th paper – Phyllotis xanthopygius complex.
    I have the others. Thanks for posting; Cheers, Paul

  • Paul Carter

    Hi Vladimir
    I am looking for the paper below on Neacomys serranensis. Do you have it?
    Javier E. Colmenares-Pinzón. 2021. Calling for A Reassessment of Rodent Diversity in Colombia: Description of A New Species of Neacomys (Cricetidae: Oryzomyini) from the Magdalena Valley, with A New Phylogenetic Hypothesis for the Genus and Comments on Its Diversification. Zootaxa. 4920(4); 451–494. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4920.4.1
    Cheers, Paul

  • Ulyses Pardiñas

    Not Acodon but Akodon

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