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1 August 2013 Morphological distinctiveness of Javan Tupaia hypochrysa (Scandentia, Tupaiidae)
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The common treeshrew, Tupaia glis, represents a species complex with a complicated taxonomic history. It is distributed mostly south of the Isthmus of Kra on the Malay Peninsula and surrounding islands. In our recent revision of a portion of this species complex, we did not fully assess the population from Java (T. “glishypochrysa) because of our limited sample. Herein, we revisit this taxon using multivariate analyses in comparisons with T. glis, T. chrysogaster of the Mentawai Islands, and T. ferruginea from Sumatra. Analyses of both the manus and skull of Javan T. “glishypochrysa show it to be most similar to T. chrysogaster and distinct from both T. glis and T. ferruginea. Yet, the Javan population and T. chrysogaster have different mammae counts, supporting recognition of T. hypochrysa as a distinct species. The change in taxonomic status of T. hypochrysa has conservation implications for both T. glis and this Javan endemic.

Eric J. Sargis, Neal Woodman, Natalie C. Morningstar, Aspen T. Reese, and Link E. Olson "Morphological distinctiveness of Javan Tupaia hypochrysa (Scandentia, Tupaiidae)," Journal of Mammalogy 94(4), 938-947, (1 August 2013). https://doi.org/10.1644/13-MAMM-A-042.1
Received: 8 February 2013; Accepted: 1 March 2013; Published: 1 August 2013
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