Definition of Species of Pouched Four-Eyed Opossums (Didelphidae, Philander)

  • Patton J
  • da Silva M
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Abstract

We hypothesize phyletic relationships among taxa of the didelphid marsupial genus Philander, based on sequences of the mitochondrial cytochrome b gene. Data are available for six taxa recognized at either the specific or subspecific levels, P. opossum opossum Linneaus (eastern and northeastern Amazonia), P. opossum canus Osgood (western Amazonia), P. opossum fuscogriseus J. A. Alien (southeastern Central America), P. opossum frenata Olfers (southeastern Brazil), P. andersoni andersoni Osgood (northwestern Amazonia), and P. andersoni mcilhennyi Gardner and Patton (west-central Amazonia). Haplotype divergence is minimal to non-existent (

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  • J. L. Patton

  • M. N. F. da Silva

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