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SPECIES Peromyscus attwateri

Author:J. A. Allen, 1895.
Citation:Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 7: 330.
Common Name:Texas Deermouse
Type Locality:USA, Texas, Kerr Co., Turtle Creek.
Distribution:Edwards Plateau (see Goetze, 1998) and E Llano Estacado (see L. Choate, 1997) of C and N Texas, eastwards through SW and E Oklahoma, to SE Kansas, SW Missouri, and NW Arkansas, USA.
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:P. truei species group. Cognate relationship to P. difficilis (and nasutus) suggested by allozymic data (Janecek, 1990; Sullivan et al. 1991), a relationship bolstered by restriction-site (DeWalt et al., 1993b) and gene-sequence analyses (Tiemann-Boege et al., 2000) of mitochondrial DNA. Classified as a geographic race of P. boylii (Osgood, 1909) until rediagnosed as a species by Schmidly (1973). Biochemical evolution studied by Kilpatrick (1984); morphometric variation among Arkansas populations evaluated by Sugg et al. (1990). Populations found along the eastern escarpment of the Llano Estacado, N Texas, reidentified as P. attwateri, not P. boylii (L. Choate, 1997). See Schmidly (1974, Mammalian Species, 48).
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Synonyms:

    bellus Bangs, 1896
    cansensis Long, 1961
    laceyi Bailey, 1905

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