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SPECIES Necromys punctulatus

Author:Thomas, 1894.
Citation:Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., ser 6, 14: 361.
Common Name:Ecuadoran Akodont
Type Locality:Ecuador.
Distribution:Indeterminate area of E Ecuador and perhaps Colombia.
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc) as Bolomys punctulatus.
Comments:Described as a species of Akodon but referred to a subspecies of Zygodontomys brevicauda by Hershkovitz (1962). Thomas (1916c) had earlier appreciated the morphological resemblance between amoenus, type species of Bolomys, and punctulatus; Voss (1991b) later amplified the Bolomys-like traits of punctulatus, provisionally retaining it as a species and noting its similarity to lasiurus. The enigmatic distribution of the few fragmentary specimens assignable to punctulatus, which originate from a region outside of the core geographic range of Bolomys (= Necromys), is discussed by Voss (1991b).
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