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SPECIES Peromyscus stirtoni

Author:Dickey, 1928.
Citation:Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash., 41: 5.
Common Name:Stirton’s Deermouse
Type Locality:El Salvador, La Unión Dept., Río Goascorán, 13º30' N, 100 ft (30.5 m).
Distribution:Intermittently found in dry to semiarid lowlands of SE Guatemala, SE El Salvador, Honduras, and W Nicaragua.
Status:IUCN – Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:P. mexicanus species group. Although Hooper (1968) questioned the specific recognition of P. stirtoni, others have substantiated its distinctive morphology and habitat (Huckaby, 1980; Jones and Yates, 1983). Association with the mexicanus complex considered tentative by Carleton (1989), but G-banded karyotype identical to that reported for the core members of the mexicanus group (Peppers et al., 1999). Late Holocene remains from Guanacaste Prov., Costa Rica, have been interpreted as evidence of recent range contraction (Woodman, 1988), but new records of the species from nearby SW Nicaragua as much suggest inadequacy of basic field survey in parts of Central America (Woodman et al., 2002). See Jones (1990, Mammalian Species, 361).



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