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Plains Harvest Mouse
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Species ID 050395

Predicted Habitat
No USGS Distribution Map
No USGS Range Map

Name Plains Harvest Mouse
Other Common Names No Data Submitted
Category 05 Mammals
Elcode AMAFF02010
Phylum Chordata
Subphylum Vertebrata
Class Mammalia
Subclass Theria
Order Rodentia
SubOrder Myomorpha
Family Cricetidae
Genus Reithrodontomys
Species montanus
Subspecies montanus; griseus
Authority (Baird)
Scientific Name Reithrodontomys montanus
Account Type This account represents the entire species, including any and all subspecies recognized in the Southwest. There are no separate subspecies accounts relating to this species.
Taxonomic References 01, 04, 12, 17, 19, 31, 50
Comments on Taxonomy
NEW MEXICO: Two subspecies of plains harvest mouse have been confirmed in New Mexico: R.m. griseus (V. Bailey) and R.m. montanus. A third subspecies, R.m. albescens (Cary) might be expected. *17* There is confusion on how to classify Old World mice and rats, the New World mice and rats, and the microtines. The tendency is to regard all three groups as subfamilies of one family - Muridae. But for the purposes of the New Mexico system the Old World mice and rats will be placed in the family Muridae, and the New World (and a few Old World) mice and rats will be placed in the family Cricetidae.*19, 22* COLORADO: TYPE SPECIMEN OF R. M. WAS SUPPOSEDLY COLLECTED IN THE SAN LUIS VALLEY. HOWEVER, THE PROVENANCE OF THE TYPE IS UNCERTAIN. R. M. HAS NOT BEEN CAPTURED IN THE SAN LUIS VALLEY SUBSEQUENTLY DESPITE CONCERTED COLLECTING. IT SEEMS REASONABLE THAT R. M. DOES NOT OCCUR IN THE VALLEY AND THAT THE HOLOTYPE WAS MIS-LABELLED, THEREFORE SUBSPECIES MONTANUS WILL NOT BE INCLUDED IN THIS ACCOUNT*01, 08, 09*.

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