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The Evolutionary History and a Systematic Revision of Woodrats of the Neotoma lepida Group


We detail the evolutionary history of the desert woodrat complex (lepida group, genus Neotoma) of western North America. Our analyses include standard multivariate morphometrics of museum specimens coupled with mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences and microsatellite loci. We trace the spatial and temporal diversification of this group of desert dwelling rodents, revising species boundaries and delineate subspecies we consider valid.

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