Australian Museum Journal Revision of the three-striped dasyures, genus Myoictis (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae), of New Guinea, with description of a new species

Shortform:
Woolley, 2005, Rec. Aust. Mus. 57(3): 321–340
Author(s):
Woolley, P. A.
Year published:
2005
Title:
Revision of the three-striped dasyures, genus Myoictis (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae), of New Guinea, with description of a new species
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
57
Issue:
3
Start page:
321
End page:
340
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.57.2005.1450
Language:
English
Date published:
30 November 2005
Cover date:
30 November 2005
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
MAMMALIA: MARSUPIALIA; NEW GUINEA
Digitized:
30 November 2005
Available online:
30 November 2005
Reference number:
1450
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (40kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (1388kb PDF)

Abstract

The history of the discovery and naming of specimens now referred to Myoictis is presented. A study of virtually all known specimens of Myoictis deposited in Museum collections was undertaken to clarify the number of species in this genus of endemic New Guinean dasyurid marsupials. Based on a number of morphological features four species are now recognised, namely M. melas, M. wallacei, M. wavicus n.stat. and Myoictis leucura n.sp. The form of the tail readily distinguishes the four species. The distribution of each species has been mapped and no overlap found in their ranges as presently known. Field observations are recounted. Data for all specimens examined is appended to facilitate future studies.

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