A new dasyurid marsupial from eastern Queensland, Australia : the buff-footed Antechinus, Antechinus mysticus sp. nov. (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae)

Baker, Andrew, Mutton, Thomas, & Van Dyck, Steve (2012) A new dasyurid marsupial from eastern Queensland, Australia : the buff-footed Antechinus, Antechinus mysticus sp. nov. (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae). Zootaxa, 3515, pp. 1-37.

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Antechinus mysticus sp. nov. occurs in coastal Australia, ranging from just north of the Queensland (Qld)/New South Wales (NSW) border to Mackay (mid-east Qld), and is sympatric with A. flavipes (Waterhouse) and A. subtropicus Van Dyck & Crowther in south-east Qld. The new species can be distinguished in the field, having paler feet and tail base than A. flavipes and a greyish head that merges to buff-yellow on the rump and flanks, compared with the more uniform brown head and body of A. subtropicus and A. stuartii Macleay. Features of the dentary can also be used for identification: A. mysticus differs from A. flavipes in having smaller molar teeth, from A. subtropicus in having a larger gap between front and rear palatal vacuities, and from A. stuartii in having a generally broader snout. Here, we present a morphological analysis of the new species in comparison with every member of the genus, including a discussion of genetic structure and broader evolutionary trends, as well as an identification key to species based on dental characters. It seems likely that the known geographic range of A. mysticus will expand as taxonomic focus on the genus is concentrated in south-east Queensland and north-east New South Wales.

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ID Code: 54428
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Antechinus Flavipes, Antechinus Subtropicus, Antechinus Stuartii, Morphological, Genetic, Evolutionary, South-East Queensland, North-East New South Wales
ISSN: 1175-5326
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Magnolia Press
Deposited On: 26 Mar 2013 23:47
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2013 15:15

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