Malacomys edwardsi Rochebrune, 1885

Decher, Jan, Norris, Ryan W., Abedi-Lartey, Michael, Oppong, James, Hutterer, Rainer, Weinbrenner, Martin, Koch, Martin, Podsiadlowski, Lars & Kilpatrick, C. William, 2021, A survey of small mammals in the Volta Region of Ghana with comments on zoogeography and conservation, Zoosystema 43 (14), pp. 253-281: 264

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http://doi.org/ 10.5252/zoosystema2021v43a14

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DOI

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4783968

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scientific name

Malacomys edwardsi Rochebrune, 1885
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Malacomys edwardsi Rochebrune, 1885  

Malacomys edwardsi Rochebrune, 1885: 87   .

COMMON NAME. — Edwards’ Swamp Rat.

MATERIAL EXAMINED. — Apesokubi • 1 ♀; USNM 59078 View Materials ; 28.VIII.2001; with four embryos ( USNM 590105 View Materials ) with a crown -rump length of 19 mm   2 ♂; USNM 590076 View Materials , ZTNHC 960   1 ♀; USNM 590077 View Materials   .

REMARK

An obligate forest species in the Upper Guinea and an indicator of intact forest. A recent phylogeographic study confirmed the identification of all four of our M. edwardsi   from Apesokubi but showed that these Volta Region specimens represent a lineage (F2) separate from the southwestern Ghanaian lineage (F1), “which may suggest the presence of multiple forest refugia” in Ghana ( Bohoussou et al. 2015: 9). Hurst et al. (1995) reported 5 captures of M. edwardsi   from moist semi-deciduous and secondary forest in KRNP which appears to be the only previous record of this species from the Ghana-Togo Highlands. We were not able to verify this species again at KRNP.

CONSERVATION STATUS. — Malacomys edwardsi   is currently listed as “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List, but - already limited to the densest and best preserved forest in the Volta Region - it would be one of the first rodent species to disappear with continued deforestation.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Chordata

Class

Mammalia

Order

Rodentia

Family

Muridae

Genus

Malacomys

Loc

Malacomys edwardsi Rochebrune, 1885

Decher, Jan, Norris, Ryan W., Abedi-Lartey, Michael, Oppong, James, Hutterer, Rainer, Weinbrenner, Martin, Koch, Martin, Podsiadlowski, Lars & Kilpatrick, C. William 2021
2021
Loc

Malacomys edwardsi

ROCHEBRUNE A. T. 1885: 87
1885