Archboldomys (muridae: Murinae) reconsidered: A new genus and three new species of shrew mice from Luzon Island, Philippines

Danilo S. Balete, Eric A. Rickart, Lawrence R. Heaney, Phillip A. Alviola, Melizar V. Duya, Mariano Roy M. Duya, Timothy Sosa, Sharon A. Jansa

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Shrew mice of the genus Archboldomys are poorly known members of an endemic clade of vermivorous/insectivorous murid rodents confined to Luzon Island, Philippines. Three species of these small, ground-living, diurnal mice were previously known, all from a handful of specimens from a few localities. The pattern of morphological and genetic differentiation among additional specimens of shrew mice from our recent field surveys in the Central Cordillera and Sierra Madre mountains of Luzon document the presence of two distinct species groups within Archboldomys as previously defined, as well as three new species. Gene-sequence data from the mitochondrial cytochrome b and nuclear IRBP genes confirm the existence of six distinct species, but also show that Archboldomys, as previously defined, is composed of two clades that are not sister taxa. Reevaluation of the presumed morphological synapomorphies among these shrew mice, together with analyses of karyological and gene-sequence data, support the following: (1) erection of Soricomys, new genus; (2) transfer of A. kalinga and A. musseri to Soricomys; and (3) recognition of Archboldomys maximus, n. sp., Soricomys leonardocoi, n. sp., and Soricomys montanus, n. sp. The new genus and species are described, and their phylogenetic relationships, biogeography, and conservation are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-60
Number of pages60
JournalAmerican Museum Novitates
Issue number3754
StatePublished - Sep 2012


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