Tag Archives: rodents

Publications page updated

New paper about Muricilus accepted
Meheretu Y., Šumbera R. & Bryja J., in press: Enigmatic Ethiopian endemic rodent Muriculus imberbis (Rüppell 1842) represents a separate lineage within genus Mus

Praomys paper online
Bryja J., Mikula O., Patzenhauerová H., Oguge N., ŠumberaR. & Verheyen E., 2014: The role of dispersal and vicariance in the Pleistocene history of an East African mountain rodent, Praomys delectorum. Journal of Biogeography, 41: 196-208.

Added Belfast, Rovaniemi and Zoodny 2013 conference contributions

Dobigny et al. PLoS ONE 2013

Dobigny G, Tatard C, Gauthier P, Ba K, Duplantier J-M, et al. (2013) Mitochondrial and Nuclear Genes-Based Phylogeography of Arvicanthis niloticus (Murinae) and Sub-Saharan Open Habitats Pleistocene History. PLoS ONE 8(11): e77815.


Abstract of the abstract

  • East Africa origin concomitantly with expanding grasslands some 2 Ma
  • 4 parapatric lineages differentiated following Pleistocene bioclimatic cycles
  • Allopatric genetic divergence within savannah refuges during humid episodes
  • Dispersal during arid ones
  • Secondary contact zones around geographic barrier (Niger River and Lake Chad basins)


Schenk et al. Systematic Biology 2013

John J. Schenk, Kevin C. Rowe and Scott J. Steppan
Ecological Opportunity and Incumbency in the Diversification of Repeated Continental Colonizations by Muroid Rodents
Systematic Biology 2013
doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syt050

… Consistent with the fossil record, we identified Eurasia as the most likely origin of the group and reconstructed five to seven colonizations of Africa, five of North America, four of Southeast Asia, two of South America, two of Sahul, one of Madagascar, and eight to ten recolonizations of Eurasia …