New Saudi Arabian Miocene jumping mouse (Zapodidae): Systematics and phylogeny

Raquel López-Antoñanzas*, Sevket Sen

*Corresponding author for this work

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Early Miocene zapodids from Saudi Arabia are represented by two closely related species: Arabosminthus quadratus and Arabosminthus isabellae sp. nov. The new taxon differs from the other species of Asiatic zapodids in lacking the anteroconid on ml. A cladistic analysis involving species of Arabosminthus, Heterosminthus, Parasminthus, and Shamosminthus provides evidence that "Heterosminthus" gansus, and perhaps "Gobiosminthus" qiui, and "Parasminthus" huangshuiensis should be reallocated to Arabosminthus. This genus appears to represent an important clade of zapodid rodents basal to Parasminthus spp.+ Heterosminthus spp.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-181
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Vertebrate Paleontology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2006

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