Taxonomy news

1. A new paper proposes novel classification of cottontails in SW USA and N Mexico. I’m attaching the distribution map from the paper. Eastern cottontails from AZ, NM and N Mexico are lumped with Manzano Mts. and Davis Mts. cottontails into a separate species.
2. Nycteris madagascariensis is not a rare Madagascar endemic, but a mislabeled N. macrotis from E Africa.
3. Rhinolophus sedulus of Peninsular Malaysia is split from the ones in Borneo under the name R. yonghoiseni. The same paper suggests species status for Bornean R. luctus foetidus (easy to find at Poring).
4. An interesting paper on palearctic Mus: M. cypriacus is not an ancient introduction to Cyprus but pre-dates human colonization; M. musculus domesticus fossils from Zagros Mts. pre-date sedentary humans so that is one area where this form can be considered strictly native; the same for M. m. musculus in N Iran near the Turkmenistan border.
5. A big review (open-access) of Praomyini rodents with descriptions of a new species/genus and splitting of a few genera.


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