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SPECIES Akodon (See comments.) bogotensis

Author:Thomas, 1895.
Citation:Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., ser. 6, 16: 369.
Common Name:Bogotá Akodont
Type Locality:Colombia, Cundinamarca Dept., Bogotá region, 8750 ft (2667 m).
Distribution:Andes of NW Venezuela, E and C Colombia.
Status:IUCN – Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:This form has been conventionally treated as a member of Microxus (e.g., Cabrera, 1961). As noted by Patton et al. (1989), the representation of Microxus as generically distinct from Akodon is more often based on traits of the Andean species bogotensis (e.g., Linares, 1998), not the type species of Microxus (= Akodon mimus; see below). If not a Microxus, the distinctiveness of bogotensis remains an issue (e.g., see Reig, 1987; Ventura et al., 2000), and like those authors, we are impressed by the non>Akodon characteristics of the species. Attention to other possible phylogenetic connections may prove fruitful: e.g., Pérez-Zapata et al. (1992) have identified certain similarities between bogotensis and Podoxomys roraimae. Male reproductive glands described by Voss and Linzey (1981), who noted that the species possessed a single pair of ventral prostates compared with two in most akodonts dissected.



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