Rediscovery of Rhipidomys ochrogaster J.A. Allen, 1901 (Cricetidae: Sigmodontinae) with a redescription of the species

Víctor Pacheco, María Peralta

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Abstract

Rhipidomys ochrogaster is a poorly known sigmodontine rodent from the Yungas of southeastern Peru, known only from a few specimens collected more than 110 years ago. This work reports a new specimen from Yanacocha, Puno. Peru, collected on 22 May 2010; provides a morphological description and comparisons with R. leucodactylus and R. gardneri; characterizes the habitat; and presents data on the diet of the species. This discovery stresses the urgent need for additional inventory work in the region, in order to document its biodiversity. © 2011 Magnolia Press.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)42-59
Number of pages18
JournalZootaxa
StatePublished - 22 Nov 2011

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