Evolutionary history of field mice (Murinae: Apodemus), with emphasis on morphological variation among species in Chinaстатья

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[1] Evolutionary history of field mice (murinae: Apodemus), with emphasis on morphological variation among species in china / D. Ge, A. Feijó, J. Cheng et al. // Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. — 2019. — Vol. 187, no. 2. — P. 518–534. Mice of the genus Apodemus are widely distributed across Eurasia. Several species of this genus are hosts of important zoonotic diseases and parasites. The evolutionary history and dispersal routes of these mice remain unclear and the distribution of these species in China was poorly explored in previous studies. We here investigate the divergence times and historical geographical evolution of Apodemus and study the taxonomy of species in China by integrating molecular and morphological data. The crown age of this genus is dated to the Late Miocene, approximately 9.84 Mya. Western and Central Asia were inferred as the most likely ancestral area of this genus. Moreover, we recognize nine living species of Apodemus in China: Apodemus uralensis, A. agrarius, A. chevrieri, A. latronum, A. peninsulae, A. draco, A. ilex, A. semotus and A. nigrus sp. nov., the last from the highlands (elevation > 1984 m) of Fanjing Mountain in Guizhou Province and Jinfo Mountain in Chongqing Province. This new species diverged from A. draco, A. semotus and A. ilex approximately 4.53 Mya. The discovery of A. nigrus sp. nov. highlights the importance of high mountains as refugia and ‘isolated ecological islands’ for temperate species in south-eastern China. [ DOI ]

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