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SPECIES Pseudomys higginsi

Author:Trouessart, 1897.
Citation:Cat. Mamm. Viv. Foss., 1: 473.
Common Name:Long-tailed Pseudomys
Type Locality:Australia, Tasmania, Kentishbury; see Mahoney and Richardson (1988:177).
Distribution:Australia; extant population known only from Tasmania (Rounsevell et al., 1991); represented on mainland in Victoria and E New South Wales by late Pleistocene samples (Wakefield, 1972b).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Spermatozoal morphology (Breed, 1983) and electrophoretic data (Baverstock et al., 1981) placed P. higginsi with most other species of Pseudomys, but phallic anatomy (Lidicker and Brylski, 1987) clustered P. higginsi with P. australis, P. gouldii, and P. nanus. Wakefield (1972b) described australiensis as a subspecies based on late Pleistocene fossils. Reviewed by Watts and Aslin (1981) and Green (1995).
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    australiensis Wakefield, 1972
    leucopus (Higgins and Petterd, 1881)

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