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Published: 2006-03-08
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On the nomenclature of Bathyergidae and Fukomys n. gen. (Mammalia: Rodentia)

Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg, Senckenberg-Anlage 25, D-60325 Frankfurt a. Main, Germany
Faculty of Genetics and Department of Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University, 2258 TAMU, College Station, Texas, USA 77843-2258
Section of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Department of Biology, Texas A&M University, 3258 TAMU, College Station, Texas, USA 77843-3258
Faculty of Genetics and Department of Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University, 2258 TAMU, College Station, Texas, USA 77843-2258
Faculty of Biology and Geography, Department of General Zoology, University of Duisburg-Essen, D-45117 Essen, Germany
Mammalia Fukomys new genus Coetomys Cryptomys Bathyergidae Rodentia mole-rats blesmols Africa nomenclature taxonomy


Recently, in an examination of the phylogenetic relationships among the mole-rats of the family Bathyergidae (Mammalia: Rodentia), Ingram et al. (2004) documented molecular evidence for the recognition of the Cryptomys mechowii species group at the generic level and resurrected the name Coetomys Gray, 1864 for this group. Subsequent literature review revealed that Coetomys is not available to this species group, being a junior synonym of Cryptomys Gray, 1864. Here, we describe and diagnose Fukomys genus novum. In addition, we discuss the taxonomic history of this group in an attempt to reduce the nomenclatural confusion that has plagued studies of the Bathyergidae for over a century.


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