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Systematics and Distribution of Marsupials in Argentina: A Review

David A. Flores, M. Mónica Díaz and Rubén M. Barquez

in The Quintessential Naturalist

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780520098596
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520916159 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520098596.003.0017
Systematics and Distribution of Marsupials in Argentina: A Review

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This chapter presents systematic, distributional, and natural history information about the marsupials of Argentina. It records four families: Caluromyidae, Didelphidae, Microbiotheriidae, and Caenolestidae, including a total of 27 species. The chapter notes that the Species Accounts contain data on taxonomy, synonymy, specimens examined, additional records from the literature, recent distribution, information about reproduction and habitat, and general comments about natural history. It presents new taxonomic arrangements for some controversial, polytypic genera (e.g. Thylamys, Cryptonanus, and Monodelphis), as well as an update of the distribution of all Argentine species. The chapter also discusses some aspects of species diversity in relation to environment and latitude.

Keywords: marsupials; Caluromyidae; Didelphidae; Microbiotheriidae; Caenolestidae; Species Accounts; Thylamys; Cryptonanus; Monodelphis; Argentine species

Chapter.  37864 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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