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SPECIES Sigmodon (Sigmodon) peruanus

Author:J. A. Allen, 1897.
Citation:Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 9: 118.
Common Name:Peruvian Cotton Rat
Type Locality:Perú, La Libertad Dept., Trujillo, 200 ft (61 m).
Distribution:Pacific coastal plain and contiguous Andean foothills of W Ecuador and NW Perú.
Status:IUCN – Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Subgenus Sigmodon, S. fulviventer species group. Lumped under S. hispidus by Cabrera (1961) following the footnoted opinion of Hershkovitz (1955a); reinstated as a species by Voss (1992) and morphologically contrasted to that species and other South American taxa. The provocative molecular results presented by Peppers et al. (2002) phyletically link this South American endemic with Middle American S. fulviventer and S. leucotis.



    chonensis J. A. Allen, 1913
    lonnbergi Thomas, 1921
    puna J. A. Allen, 1903
    simonsi J. A. Allen, 1901

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