Saturday, July 16, 2022

[Mammalogy • 2022] Tamiops minshanica • A New Species of Tamiops (Rodentia, Sciuridae) from Sichuan, China

 Tamiops minshanica
Liu, Tang, Murphy, Liu, Wang, Wan, Liao, Tang, Qing, Chen & Li, 2022

During a small mammal survey in Wanglang National Natural Reserve, Sichuan, China in August–October 2018, we collected four specimens of an Asiatic striped squirrel (genus Tamiops) that could not be assigned morphologically to any described species. Phylogenetic analyses of CYTB and nuDNA sequences strongly supported them in the genus Tamiops. The p-distances of CYTB between these individuals and other species of Tamiops ranged from 17.4 to 19.1%. Morphologically, they differed from their congeners, including T. maritimus, T. mcclellandii, T. rodolphii, and T. swinhoei by pelage, skull, and baculum characteristics. Based on the results of morphological comparisons and molecular analyses, we describe the four specimens as the new species Tamiops minshanica sp. nov.

Keywords: Mammalia, Asiatic striped squirrels, baculum, molecular phylogeny, morphology, morphometrics, new species, Sichuan, systematics, Tamiops, taxonomy

Summer pelage of Tamiops minshanica sp. nov.

Shaoying Liu, Mingkun Tang, Robert W. Murphy, Yinxun Liu, Xuming Wang, Tao Wan, Rui Liao, Keyi Tang, Jiao Qing, Shunde Chen and Song Li. 2022. A New Species of Tamiops (Rodentia, Sciuridae) from Sichuan, China. Zootaxa. 5116(3); 301-333. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.5116.3.1