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SPECIES Graphiurus (Graphiurus) monardi

Author:St. Leger, 1936.
Citation:Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., ser. 10, 17: 465.
Common Name:Monard’s African Dormouse
Type Locality:Angola, Tyihumbwe (Chiumbe) River, 15 km above Dala, Kioko, 1250 m (see Hill and Carter, 1941)
Distribution:NE Angola (Hayman, 1963b), NW Zambia (Ansell, 1978), and S Dem. Rep. Congo; limits unknown.
Status:IUCN – Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Subgenus Graphiurus. G. M. Allen (1939) listed monardi as a subspecies of G. hueti (=nagtglasii; see that account), an arrangement followed by Genest-Villard (1978). Ellerman et al. (1953) correctly stated that monardi has no close affinity with G. hueti and provided a detailed description and comparison of cranial and external characters, which I was able to verify, that clearly distinguish the two. Schouteden (1948) listed a specimen of G. ocularis from Dilolo, Dem. Rep. Congo. I examined the Dilolo specimens (in MRAC). Although certainly not representative of G. ocularis, these individuals are difficult to identify. Their pelage is similar to that of G. rupicola, yet the skulls resemble G. monardi. Photographs of live animal given by Hayman (1963b). Reviewed by Rossolimo et al. (2001) and Holden (In Press).



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