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Evolution and Systematics of the Atlantic Tree Rats, Genus Phyllomys (Rodentia, Echimyidae), With Description of Two New Species
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Evolution and Systematics of the Atlantic Tree Rats, Genus Phyllomys (Rodentia, Echimyidae), With Description of Two New Species

Yuri Leite

Abstract

This study focuses on the Atlantic Forest tree rats of the genus Phyllomys (Rodentia: Echimyidae), one of the most poorly understood mammal genera inhabiting the coastal rain forests Brazil, the most threatened lowland tropical forest in the world. The author summarizes their distribution, ecology, and evolution using a combination of morphological and molecular analyses; describes two new species; and provides the first systematic revision of the genus, which was originally described in 1839.

Keywords: Atlantic Forest, tree rats, Phyllomys, coastal rain forest, Brazil, lowland tropical forest, distribution, ecology, evolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780520098497
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520098497.001.0001

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Yuri Leite, author

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