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SPECIES Reithrodontomys (Reithrodontomys) raviventris

Author:Dixon, 1908.
Citation:Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash., 21: 197.
Common Name:Salt-marsh Harvest Mouse
Type Locality:USA, California, San Mateo Co., Redwood City.
Distribution:Salt marshes around San Francisco Bay, California, USA.
Status:U.S. ESA Endangered; IUCN Endangered as R. r. raviventris, Lower Risk (cd) as R. r. halicoetes.
Comments:Subgenus Reithrodontomys, megalotis species group. Morphological and chromosomal differentiation between the subspecies raviventris and halicoetes thought to represent terminal stages of speciation (Fisler, 1965; Shellhammer, 1967). Chromosomal banding, allozymic, and DNA data reveal sister-group relationship to R. montanus (Bell et al., 2001; Hood et al., 1984; Nelson et al., 1984). See Shellhammer (1982, Mammalian Species, 169).



    halicoetes Dixon, 1909

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