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Otomys orestes  Thomas, 1900
Taxonomic Serial No.: 970923

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
       
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Species  
  Synonym(s): Otomys percivali Dollman, 1915
 
    Otomys thomasi squalus Dollman, 1915
 
    Otomys irroratus orestes Thomas, 1900
 
    Otomys thomasi malleus Dollman, 1915
 
  Common Name(s): Afroalpine Vlei Rat [English]
 
       
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  Current Standing: valid  
       
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  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  
       

 Taxonomic Hierarchy
       
 KingdomAnimalia  – Animal, animaux, animals  
    SubkingdomBilateria   
       InfrakingdomDeuterostomia   
          PhylumChordata  – cordés, cordado, chordates  
             SubphylumVertebrata  – vertebrado, vertébrés, vertebrates  
                InfraphylumGnathostomata   
                   SuperclassTetrapoda   
                      ClassMammalia Linnaeus, 1758 – mammifères, mamífero, mammals  
                         SubclassTheria Parker and Haswell, 1897  
                            InfraclassEutheria Gill, 1872  
                               OrderRodentia Bowdich, 1821 – esquilo, preá, rato, roedor, rongeurs, rodents  
                                  SuborderMyomorpha Brandt, 1855 – Rats, souris, Mice, Rats, Voles, Gerbils, Hamsters, Lemmings  
                                     SuperfamilyMuroidea Illiger, 1811  
                                        FamilyMuridae Illiger, 1811 – campagnols, rats, souris, mice, rats, voles  
                                           SubfamilyOtomyinae Thomas, 1897  
                                              GenusOtomys F. Cuvier, 1824 – Vlei Rats  
                                                 SpeciesOtomys orestes Thomas, 1900 – Afroalpine Vlei Rat  
       

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  Author(s)/Editor(s): Hollister, N.  
  Publication Date: 1919   
  Article/Chapter Title: East African Mammals in the United States National Museum   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Smithsonian Institution, United States National Museum, Bulletin 99. Part II: Rodentia, Lagomorpha, and Tubulidentata   
  Page(s): vii + 184   
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  Reference for: Otomys orestes   
       
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Musser, Guy G., and Michael D. Carleton / Wilson, Don E., and DeeAnn M. Reeder, eds.  
  Publication Date: 2005   
  Article/Chapter Title: Superfamily Muroidea   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 3rd ed., vol. 2   
  Page(s): 894-1531   
  Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press   
  Publication Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 0-8018-8221-4   
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  Reference for: Otomys orestes, Afroalpine Vlei Rat [English]   
       
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Taylor, Peter J., Leonid A. Lavrenchenko, Michael D. Carleton, Erik Verheyen, et al.  
  Publication Date: 2011   
  Article/Chapter Title: Specific limits and emerging diversity patterns in East African populations of laminate-toothed rats, genus Otomys (Muridae: Murinae: Otomyini): Revision of the Otomys typus complex   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Zootaxa, issue 3024   
  Page(s): 1-66   
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  ISBN/ISSN: 1175-5326   
  Notes: Available online at http://www.mapress.com/zootaxa/2011/2/zt03024p066.pdf   
  Reference for: Otomys orestes   
       

 Geographic Information
       
  Geographic Division: Africa  
       
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 Comments
       
  Comment: Comments: Populations of O. orestes are apparently confined to open habitats above treeline and exhibit a characteristic morphology: medium-sized species with relatively short tail; fur very deep, soft, and dense with creamy-buff post-auricular patches present; cranial arching strongly pronounced, anterior zygomatic arches squared, and distal expansion of nasals less exaggerated; M3 laminae 6-7, lower incisors with deep lateral and shallow medial grooves. Thomas (1900b) appreciated such morphological...  
 

 

   

 
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