Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 3rd ed., vol. 2
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Comments: Swanepoel et al. (1980:161) employed Petromuridae instead of Petromyidae for this family (see Petromus). The group had an elaborate Tertiary radiation composed of at least two subfamilies and seven known genera. The placement of this family along with the Thryonomyidae into the superfamily Thryonomuroidea is supported by many studies (Huchon and Douzery, 2001; Lavocat, 1973; Luckett and Harteberger, 1985b; Nedbal et al., 1994; Patterson and Wood, 1982; Sarich, 1985). The superfamily Thryono...
Petromyidae Tullberg 1899 was based on an unavailable name (Petromys Smith 1834, an unjustified emendation of Petromus Smith 1831). Under ICZN (2000) Article 35.4.1, its spelling is to be corrected to correspond with the correctly-spelled genus, with no change to authorship. Since this is the oldest available family-group name, the corrected name is Petromuridae Tullberg 1899, as in McKenna & Bell 1997:194, contra authorship "Wood, 1955" applied by Woods & Kilpatrick (2005)
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