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Phyllotis limatus

Scott J. Steppan
Containing group: Phyllotis


Phyllotis limatus is a newly recognized species whose northern populations comprise those historically placed in P. xanthopygus limatus and the Pacific slope of the Andes populations previously included in P. x. rupestris.

Geographic Distribution

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The geographic distribution of the northern and southern populations of P. limatus, and the northern subspecies of P. xanthopugus are presented above. The figure covers southern Peru, southwestern Bolivia, and northern Chile and Argentina.


Phyllotis limatus is distinguished from P. xanthopygus by relatively narrow and deep incisors (depth > 0.9 width), a trait unique within Phyllotis, lighter color, and a slightly longer tail. Additionally, cytochrome b DNA sequence data supports removal of P. limatus from P. xanthopygus (Steppan, 1995a).

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Scott J. Steppan
Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA

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Steppan, Scott J. 1996. Phyllotis limatus. Version 01 October 1996 (under construction). http://tolweb.org/Phyllotis_limatus/16718/1996.10.01 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/

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