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SPECIES Apomys musculus

Author:Miller, 1911.
Citation:Proc. U.S. Natl. Mus., 38: 403.
Common Name:Least Philippine Apomys
Type Locality:Philippines, Luzon Isl, Benguet, Baguio, Camp John Hay, 5000 ft (1524 m).
Distribution:Philippines: Dinagat, S and N Luzon, and Mindoro (Heaney et al., 1998).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Included within Apomys abrae hylocetes Group by Musser (1982b). Standard karyotype (2n = 42, FN = 52; Rickart and Musser, 1993) very similar to that of A. datae (Rickart and Heaney, 2002). Three species may be represented in what is now called musculus: typical musculus from N Luzon, a separate species in S Luzon, and another on Mindoro (Heaney, pers. comm.). Altitudinal distribution and ecological data summarized by Balete and Heaney (1997) and Heaney et al. (1999). Judged by phylogenetic analyses of mtDNA cytochrome b sequences, A. musculus is most closely related to two undescribed species and A. microdon (see that account).
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