Morphological distinctiveness of Javan Tupaia hypochrysa (Scandentia, Tupaiidae)

Journal of Mammalogy
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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. “glis” hypochrysa) 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. “glis” hypochrysa 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.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Morphological distinctiveness of Javan Tupaia hypochrysa (Scandentia, Tupaiidae)
Series title Journal of Mammalogy
DOI 10.1644/13-MAMM-A-042.1
Volume 94
Issue 4
Year Published 2013
Language English
Publisher American Society of Mammalogists
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 11 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Journal of Mammalogy
First page 938
Last page 947
Country Malaysia;Indonesia
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