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SPECIES Lophuromys (Lophuromys) roseveari

Author:W. Verheyen, Hulselmans, Colyn, and Hutterer, 1997.
Citation:Bull. Inst. Roy. Sci. Nat. Belgique, Biol., 67: 167.
Common Name:Mount Cameroon Brush-furred Rat
Type Locality:West Cameroon, Mt Cameroon, Musake, 1850-2200 m (see W. Verheyen et al., 1997, for additional information).
Distribution:Endemic to Mt Cameroon, 1000-3100 m.
Comments:Subgenus Lophuromys, L. sikapusi-ansorgei species group (W. Verheyen et al., 1997). Rosevear (1969:305) had one example of this species and described it under "Lophuromys sp." W. Verheyen et al. (1997:172) concluded that L. roseveari is distinct from L. sikapusi inhabiting lowland forests and the other montane forest patches in the montane forest archipelago of the adjacent Nigeria-Cameroon region. They cautioned that "in view of the considerable morphometrical differences also encountered between the studied OTUís [Gabon, Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, N Cameroon, representing sikapusi], we expect that the exact systematical position of the Mount Cameroun form will only become clear within a continent-wide revision of the Lophuromys sikapusi-ansorgei complex." Other small mammals also recorded only from montane habitats on Mt Cameroon are the shrews Sylvisorex morio and Crocidura eisentrauti and the otomyine Otomys burtoni (W. Verheyen et al., 1997).
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