A new species of Monodelphis (Mammalia: Didelphimorphia: Didelphidae) from the montane forests of central Peru

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Solari, S
Pacheco, V
Vivar, E
Emmons, LH
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With more than 20 recognized species, Monodelphis is the most species-rich genus of living Didelphidae. Recent research on these opossums revealed additional species from Perú and Venezuela, and herein we describe a new species from the montane forests of the eastern slope of the central Andes in Perú.
For loan of specimens and tissues relevant to this study, we thank R. S. Voss and E. Westwig (AMNH), B. D. Patterson and W. Stanley (FMNH), M. S. Hafner (LSUMZ), J. L. Patton and C. Cicero (Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, Berkeley), and R. J. Baker and H. Garner (Natural Science Research Laboratory, Texas Tech University, Lubbock). All molecular analyses were completed during the graduate studies of Solari at Texas Tech University, under guidance of R. J. Baker; we express our gratitude for facilitating use of the molecular lab. A. L. Gardner and D. E. Wilson (USNM) supported Solari during his visit to Washington, D.C. Support was provided by Texas Tech through a J. Knox Jones Memorial Fund (2004) and a Cash Family Endowment (2006). Solari was also supported by an Albert R. and Alma Shad le Fellowship (2005) and an ASM Fellowship (2006) from the American Society of Mammalogists. Figure 4 was prepared by J. Pacheco. Additional specimens from Carpish were obtained through a grant from CONCYTEC to Pacheco; and those from Parque Nacional Yanachaga-Chemillen through a consultancy for Proteccion de Areas Naturales - PAN - II of PROFONANPE to Vivar. Reproduction of Fig. 2, originally published in Mastozoologia Neotropical, vol. 17, was facilitated by U. Pardinas. We thank R. S. Voss and R. H. Pine for critical review and comments on previous drafts.
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Phylogenetic analyses, Andean species