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SPECIES Aethomys kaiseri

Author:Noack, 1887.
Citation:Zool. Jahrb. Syst., 2: 228.
Common Name:Kaiser’s Aethomys
Type Locality:Dem. Rep. Congo, Katanga Marungu.
Distribution:SW Uganda, S Kenya, Rwanda, S and E Dem. Rep. Congo, W and SW Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, and NC Angola; range mostly derived from Davis (1975b).
Status:IUCN – Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Significance of regional morphological variation needs to be assessed by a systematic revision. Westernmost population is that in Angola (". . . the Cuanza-Luando Mesopotamia, the Cuango River and the Southern Lunda Province"; Crawford-Cabral, 1999:180), referred to as A. k. vernayi, which seems to be isolated from the primary range of A. kaiseri (Hill and Carter [1941] treated vernayi as a species); genetic intergradation between populations of vernayi and kaiseri has yet to be documented (Crawford-Cabral, 1998, 1999). Crawford-Cabral (1998) reviewed Angolan population, and Grimshaw et al. (1995) discussed Mt Kilimanjaro records. Cytogenetics (C- and G-banding) and complete mtDNA cytochrome b sequence of Zambian A. kaiseri characterized and constrasted with samples of A. chrysophilus by Castiglia et al. (2003b); see account of the latter.
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