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SPECIES Otomys laminatus

Author:Thomas and Schwann, 1905.
Citation:Abst. Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond., 1905(18): 23.
Common Name:KwaZulu Vlei Rat
Type Locality:South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Zululand, Nkandhla, Sibudeni, 1050 m.
Distribution:SE Mpumalanga and Free State provinces through KwaZulu-Natal Province, to Transkei; isolated segment in SW Western Cape Province, South Africa (Taylor et al., 1994a:Fig. 6).
Status:IUCN Least Concern.
Comments:A species with highly derived M3 and m1 patterns, designated as the type of Lamotomys, a taxon employed as a subgenus of Otomys by Thomas (1918b) and as a genus by Roberts (1951). Believed to intergrade with O. irroratus by Petter (1982) but usually retained as a distinct species in systematic works (Bohmann, 1952; Misonne, 1974) and faunal studies (De Graaff, 1981; Smithers, 1983; Meester et al., 1986). In addition to the many and obvious morphological differences, allozymic assessments demonstrate the genetic separation of O. laminatus from O. irroratus (Taylor et al., 1989). Karyotype reported by Taylor et al. (1994a), who collected O. laminatus in sympatry with O. angoniensis and O. irroratus in Natal.
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Synonyms:

    fannini (Roberts, 1951)
    mariepsi Roberts, 1929
    pondoensis Roberts, 1924
    silberbaueri Roberts, 1919

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