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SPECIES Maxomys moi

Author:Robinson and Kloss, 1922.
Citation:Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., ser. 9, 9: 95.
Common Name:Indochinese Mountain Maxomys
Type Locality:S Vietnam, Lm Dng Province, Langbian Mtns (= Lam Vien Plateau), Arbre Broy (= Tram Hanh), 5400 ft (1646 m).
Distribution:Recorded only from highlands of S Vietnam in Qung Tri, Qung Nam, and Lm Dng provinces (Dang et al., 1994; Van Peenen et al., 1969) and adjacent S Laos on Plateau Bolovens; 190-1500 m; does not occur in the Annamite Mtns along the Laos-Vietnam border north of Qung Tri Province. Distribution based primarily upon study of specimens in AMNH, BMNH, FMNH, and USNM.
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Originally described as a species by Robinson and Kloss (1922), later listed as a subspecies of either Maxomys surifer or Rattus coxingi (=Niviventer coninga), but finally reinstated as a distinct species (Musser et al., 1979; Van Peenen et al., 1969). Closest phylogenetic relative is M. surifer, an estimate based on cranial, dental, and chromosomal traits shared by both species (Bulatova et al., 1992; Duncan and Van Peenen, 1971; Musser et al., 1979).
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