Australian Museum Journal A revision of the genus Uromys Peters, 1867 (Muridae: Mammalia) with descriptions of two new species

Shortform:
Groves and Flannery, 1994, Rec. Aust. Mus. 46(2): 145–169
Author(s):
Groves, C. P.; Flannery, Tim F.
Year published:
1994
Title:
A revision of the genus Uromys Peters, 1867 (Muridae: Mammalia) with descriptions of two new species
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
46
Issue:
2
Start page:
145
End page:
169
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.46.1994.12
Language:
English
Date published:
28 July 1994
Cover date:
28 July 1994
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
MAMMALIA; TAXONOMY
Digitized:
02 February 2009
Available online:
27 February 2009
Reference number:
12
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (91kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (3979kb PDF)

Abstract

Uromys Peters, 1867 is re-defined so that it is monophyletic. The clade includes nine species placed in two monophyletic subgenera: U. (Cyromys) includes the species porculus, rex and imperator; U. (Uromys) includes the species anak, neobritannicus, hadrourus, caudimaculatus, emmae n.sp. and boeadii n.sp. Uromys (Cyromys) includes more plesiomorphic species, which are all restricted to Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. Species of U. (Uromys) are more derived, as in their possession of greatly simplified molars, and in having the number of interdental ridges of the soft palate greatly multiplied. The genus is widespread in Melanesia and northern Australia. Three distinct subspecies of U. caudimaculatus, and three of U. anak (one new) are recognised. Uromys boeadii n.sp., from Biak Island, and Uromys emmae n.sp., from Owi Island, both in Geelvinck Bay, are newly described.