Rice rats, spiny mice, marsh rats
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Tree based on Weksler (2003), Steppan et al. (unpubl. data), Dickerman (1992), Steppan (1995, 1996), Voss and Carleton (1993), Dickerman and Yates (1995), and Myers et al. (1995).
Discussion of Phylogenetic Relationships
Resolution of oryzomyine relationships is severely handicapped by the paraphyletic or polyphyletic nature of Oryzomys, the lack of taxonomic overlap among studies, and disagreements among studies.
Dickerman, A. W. 1992. Molecular systematics of some New World muroid rodents. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Gardner, A. L., and J. L. Patton. 1976. Karyotypic variation in oryzomyine rodents (Cricetinae) with comments on chromosomal evolution in the neotropical cricetine complex. Occ. Pap. Mus. Zool., La. State Univ. 49:1-48.
Steppan, S. J. 1995. Revision of the leaf-eared mice Phyllotini (Rodentia: Sigmodontinae) with a phylogenetic hypothesis for the Sigmodontinae. Fieldiana: Zool. 80:1-112.
Steppan, S. J. 1996. A new species of Holochilus (Rodentia: Sigmodontinae) from the middle Pleistocene of Bolivia and its phylogenetic significance. J. Vert. Paleont. 16:522-530.
Voss, R. S., and M. D. Carleton. 1993. A new genus for Hesperomys molitor Winge and Holochilus magnus Hershkovitz, with comments on phylogenetic relationships and oryzomyine monophyly. Am. Mus. Novitates 3085:1-39.
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