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A Revision of the Genera of Arboreal Echimyidae (Rodentia: Echimyidae, Echimyinae), with Descriptions of Two New Genera

Louise H. Emmons

in Mammalian Diversification

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780520098534
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520916098 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520098534.003.0009
A Revision of the Genera of Arboreal Echimyidae (Rodentia: Echimyidae, Echimyinae), with Descriptions of Two New Genera

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This chapter explores the generic-level systematics of the Echimyidae, one of the most diverse families of Neotropical rodents. It analyses the arboreal members of this family and proposes two new genera of echimyids, including the aptly named Pattonomys. The chapter suggests that this study reveals how much remains to be learned regarding the systematics of the mammals of South America.

Keywords: Echimyidae; Neotropical rodents; generic-level systematic; echimyids; Pattonomys; morphological characters; mammals; South America

Chapter.  18016 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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