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SPECIES Peromyscus aztecus

Author:Saussure, 1860.
Citation:Rev. Mag. Zool. Paris, Ser. 2, 12: 105.
Common Name:Aztec Deermouse
Type Locality:México, Veracruz, vicinity of Mirador, about 3800 ft ([~1158 m] as designated by Osgood, 1909:156).
Distribution:Humid montane and cloud forests, 800-3140 m, from C Veracruz and C Guerrero, through Oaxaca and E Chiapas, México, to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.
Status:IUCN – Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:P. aztecus species group. Traditionally viewed as a subspecies of P. boylii (Osgood, 1909; Hall and Kelson, 1959). Species status recognized by Alvarez (1961); morphological recognition, distribution, and synonymies clarified by Musser (1969) and Carleton (1979). Systematic relationships examined by Bradley and Schmidly (1987), Smith (1990), Sullivan and Kilpatrick (1991), and Sullivan et al. (1997). Formerly included P. hylocetes (see account); other junior synonyms (evides, hondurensis, oaxacensis) have been treated as species (Hooper, 1968; Osgood, 1909) and their inclusion under P. aztecus deserves further scrutiny, especially those populations that occupy highlands south of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec (e.g., see Sullivan et al., 1997, 2000). Segregated together with P. hylocetes, P. spicilegus, and P. winkelmanni as the aztecus species group (Carleton, 1989; Sullivan et al., 1997; Tiemann-Boege et al., 2000). See Vázquez et al. (2001, Mammalian Species, 649).



    cordillerae Dickey, 1928
    evides Osgood, 1904
    hondurensis Goodwin, 1941
    oaxacensis Merriam, 1898
    yautepecus Goodwin, 1955

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