Taxonomy news

1. A proposal to split spotted skunks into 7 species (from current 4). The data might as well be interpreted to lump them into 3 or even 2 species, but looks like I’ve seen all 7 so whatever 😉
2. Another update on Phyllotis xanthopygius complex, with a description of P. pehuenche (previously known as “sp. 2”).
3. Nephelomys albigularis split into two species. The new one is called N. ricardopalmai and occurs in montane rainforests of Peru E of Marañon river. Looks like I’ve trapped it in Abra Patricia; locations listed in the paper include Rio Abiseo NP. I have the PDF in case anybody’s interested.


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