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.

 
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Short Form
Groves and Flannery, 1994, Rec. Aust. Mus. 46(2): 145–169
Author
C. P. Groves; Tim F. Flannery
Year
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
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02 February 2009
Available Online
27 February 2009
Reference Number
12
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