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SPECIES Chiropodomys pusillus

Author:Thomas, 1893.
Citation:Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., ser. 6, 11: 345.
Common Name:Lesser Pencil-tailed Tree Mouse
Type Locality:Malaysia (Borneo), Sabah, Gunung Kinabalu, 1000 ft (305 m).
Distribution:Recorded only from Sabah, Sarawak, and S Kalimantan (Musser, 1979), but probably occurs throughout Borneo.
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Thomas described pusillus as a species, but Musser (1979) treated it as a distinctive subspecies of C. gliroides. However, the few known specimens of pusillus represent a population of small-bodied mice in which the range of variation of most dimensions are outside of the range recorded for all other samples of C. gliroides. On Mt Kinabalu in Sabah, C. pusillus is found between 300 and 1220 m (Md Nor, 2001; recorded as gliroides). Member of the endemic Bornean murine fauna (see account of C. major).
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