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SPECIES Melomys capensis

Author:Tate, 1951.
Citation:Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 97: 295.
Common Name:Cape York Melomys
Type Locality:Australia, Queensland, Nesbit River, Rocky Scrub (east of Coen), 1500 ft (457 m).
Distribution:Australia, Queensland, Iron and McIlwraith Ranges of Cape York (north of Cooktown).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Originally described as a subspecies of M. cervinipes by Tate (1951:295), but separated as a distinct species by Baverstock et al. (1980) based on differences in blood proteins; otherwise, M. capensis and M. cervinipes are similar in morphological traits and body size (Watts and Aslin, 1981:82). Other allozymic results presented by Baverstock et al. (1981). Reviewed by Leung (1995), who also presented the first detailed ecological study of the species (Leung, 1999a).
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