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SPECIES Phyllotis magister

Author:Thomas, 1912.
Citation:Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., ser. 8, 10: 406.
Common Name:Majestic Pericote
Type Locality:Perú, Arequipa Dept., Arequipa, 2300 m.
Distribution:Upper Pacific slopes of Andes from C Perú (see Arana-Cardó and Ascorra, 1994) to N Chile.
Status:IUCN – Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Hershkovitz (1962) treated magister as a subspecies of P. darwini, a rank inconsistent with records of sympatry (Pearson, 1958) and karyotypic differences (Pearson, 1972; Pearson and Patton, 1976). Pearson (1958) arranged definitus as a subspecies of P. magister but later (1972) supported its specific status. Intestinal area and volume compared with P. xanthopygus and related to dietary differences (Lagos and Bozinovic, 1999).



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