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SPECIES Acomys (Subacomys) subspinosus

Author:Waterhouse, 1837.
Actual Date:1838
Citation:Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond., 1837: 104.
Common Name:Cape Spiny Mouse
Type Locality:South Africa, Western Cape Province, Cape of Good Hope.
Distribution:South Africa; restricted to Western Cape Province (Bates, 1994; Dippenaar and Rautenbach, 1986; Skinner and Smithers, 1990).
Status:IUCN Least Concern.
Comments:Subgenus Subacomys. Revised by Dippenaar and Rautenbach (1986). Musser and Carleton (1993) noted that A. subspinosus should be in a species-group by itself, according to the results of genetic analysis by Janecek et al. (1991). Its separation from other Acomys is also indicated by phylogenetic analyses of mtDNA cytochrome b sequences (Barome et al., 2000, 2001b). Their study of cranial and dental morphology prompted Denys et al. (1994) to propose the subgenus Subacomys for A. subspinosus. Reviewed by de Graaff (1997c).
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