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SPECIES Lophuromys (Lophuromys) brunneus

Author:Thomas, 1906.
Citation:Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., ser. 7, 18: 305.
Common Name:Thomasís Ethiopian Brush-furred Rat
Type Locality:S Ethiopia, Manno-Jimma, 4200 ft (1280 m; W. Verheyen et al., 2002, provide coordinates).
Distribution:Endemic to S Ethiopia on highlands west of the Rift Valley, from the Simien Mtns in the north to Manno-Jimma in the south (see specimens examined in W. Verheyen et al., 2002).
Comments:Subgenus Lophuromys, L. aquilus species group (W. Verheyen et al., 2002). Originally described as a subspecies of L. aquilus, later allocated to L. flavopunctatus as a probable synonym of L. f. zaphiri (Osgood, 1936), and included in L. flavopunctatus until now (Misonne, 1974; Musser and Carleton, 1993; Yalden et al., 1976, 1996). Morphometric analyses by W. Verheyen et al. (2002) indicated brunneus to be a species distinct from all the other Ethiopian Lophuromys except the Ethiopian L. chrysopus to which it is closely related, and that simensis is likely a synonym. Lavrenchenko et al. (1998b) speculated that simensis may represent a separate species in the Simien Mtns. See account of L. chrysopus.
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    simensis Osgood, 1936

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