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SPECIES Otomys uzungwensis

Author:Lawrence and Loveridge, 1953.
Citation:Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 110: 61.
Common Name:Uzungwe Vlei Rat
Type Locality:Tanzania, Iringa District, Uzungwe Mtns, Dadaga, 6000 ft [1829 km].
Distribution:Uzungwe Mtns, WC Tanzania, and Nyika Plateau, N Malawi and NE Zambia, as so far known.
Comments:Lawrence and Loveridge (1953) understood their new species as generally affiliated with the jacksoni group, but they presented a combination of traits (especially smaller size, lack of postauricular patches, flatter skull, and broader nasals) that differentiate it from other members of that complex. Relegated to a subspecies of O. typus by Misonne (1974), presumably applying Bohmannís (1952) expansive concept of the species. Certainly not a form of either O. irroratus or O. typus in the strict sense; its relationship and status with regard to O. orestes and included taxa invite investigation.
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