Oryzomyini sp. nov. 'Montserrat' #1



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Oryzomyini A (Reitz, 1994); Oryzomyini gen. et sp. indet. I (Turvey, 2009:53); Megalomys sp.1 (Borroto-Páez et al., 2012:399) (in part)


Described as the smaller ("Oryzomyini A") of two rice rats by (Reitz, 1994), and Megalomys sp.1 was described as a small oryzomyine, so I have treated the latter as a partial synonym of this taxon rather than the larger "Oryzomyini B" of (Reitz, 1994) also from Montserrat.


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Borroto-Páez, Rafael, Mancina, Carlos A., Woods, Charles A. and Kilpatrick, C. William. (2012). Checklist: Updated Checklist of Endemic Terrestrial Mammals of the West Indies, pp. 389-415. In: Borroto-Páez, Rafael, Woods, Charles A. and Sergile, F. E. (eds.). Terrestrial Mammals of the West Indies: Contributions. Gainesville, Florida: Florida Museum of Natural History and Wacahoota Press. 482 pp.

Petersen, J. B. (1996). Archaeology of Trants, Montserrat. Part 3. C hronological and settlement data. Annals of Carnegie Museum 65: 323-361.

Pregill GK, Steadman DW, and Watters DR (1994) Late Quaternary vertebrate faunas of the Lesser Antilles: historical components of C aribbean biogeography. Bulletin of Carnegie Museum of Natural History 30: 1-51.

Reitz, Elizabeth Jean. (1994). Archaeology of Trants, Montserrat, Pt. 2. Vertebrate fauna. Annals of Carnegie Museum 63(4): 297-317.

Turvey, Samuel T. (2009). Holocene mammal extinctions, pp. 41-61. In: Turvey, Samuel T. (ed.). Holocene Extinctions. Oxford, UK & New York, USA: Oxford University Press. xii + 352 pp.

Turvey, Samuel T. and Fritz, Susanne A. (2011). The ghosts of mammals past: biological and geographical patterns of global mammalian extinction across the Holocene. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 366(1577): 2564-2576. [Supplementary Information]


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