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SPECIES Niviventer excelsior

Author:Thomas, 1911.
Citation:Abstr. Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond., 1911(90): 4.
Common Name:Sichuan Niviventer
Type Locality:SW China, W Sichuan, Tatsienlu, 9000 ft (2744 m).
Distribution:SW China (W Sichuan, NW and C Yunnan); see Musser and Chiu (1979) and Wang (2003).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:A montane southwestern Chinese endemic apparently morphologically most closely related to N. andersoni and occurring sympatrically with it and N. confucianus (Musser, 1981b; Musser and Chiu, 1979). Early to middle Pleistocene cave sediments in the Sichuan-Guizhou region of S China have yielded fossils identified as N. excelsior (Zheng, 1993). See account of N. andersoni. In his checklist of Chinese mammals, Wang (2003:203) listed tengchongensis as simply "Deng et Wang, subsp. Nov. 2002," a subspecies of N. excelsior, but the taxon has yet to be published with a diagnosis and identification of holotype (D. Lunde, in litt., 2004).
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