Australian Museum Journal Broom Cave Cercartetus: with observations on pygmy possum dental morphology, variation, and taxonomy

Shortform:
Turnbull and Schram, 1973, Rec. Aust. Mus. 28(19): 437–464
Author(s):
Turnbull, William D.; Schram, F. R.
Year published:
1973
Title:
Broom Cave Cercartetus: with observations on pygmy possum dental morphology, variation, and taxonomy
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
28
Issue:
19
Start page:
437
End page:
464
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.28.1973.404
Language:
English
Plates:
plates 25–31
Date published:
10 December 1973
Cover date:
10 December 1973
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Digitized:
03 February 2009
Available online:
03 March 2009
Reference number:
404
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (68kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (5592kb PDF)

Abstract

[Introduction] The murids of the Broom Cave Fauna were dealt with in the first of a series of reports planned to cover the mammals of this Late Pleistocene deposit in the Wombeyan Caves area of New South Wales (Schram & Turnbull, 1970). The fauna is contained in a breccia derived in large part from an accumulation of regurgitated owl pellets. Continuing this series, we now consider the two pygmy possums in the Broom fauna: Cercartetus nanus and Cercartetus lepidus. Study of these species has involved us with the definition of the genus Cercartetus as advanced by Wakefield (1963). Consequently we put forth some observations relating to this delineation along with an analysis of certain dental patterns of the members of this group.