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Taxonomy of the Genus Perodicticus

Stump, David Paul (2005) Taxonomy of the Genus Perodicticus. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The specific and subspecific taxonomies of African primate populations such as Cheirogaleus and the Galagidae have been challenged in recent years (Bearder, Honess, Bayes, Ambrose, and Anderson 1995; Groves 2000), and it has been suggested that the taxonomy of another group, Perodicticus, may not adequately reflect the diversity of its members either (Schwartz and Beutel 1995; Grubb, Butynski, Oates, et al. 2003). Taxonomies are an organizational framework used by researchers conducting comparative studies, and their completeness and accuracy is important for evolution and systematics.A representative sample (N=132) of specimens allocated to Perodicticus, representing the entire known geographic range of the genus, was examined and described by dentition, cranium, post-cranium, and pelage. Measurements were taken with sliding calipers, and tape and non-metric descriptions are supported by photographs. The descriptions (observed values) were then compared to summaries of distinguishing and diagnostic descriptive traits received from previous taxonomies (expected values).Specimens were found that were highly congruent with traditional descriptions of the taxa Perodicticus potto edwardsi, Perodicticus potto ibeanus, and Perodicticus potto potto. A single specimen was found that matches the expected description for Perodicticus potto faustus, which is not taken as support for reviving that taxon out of its synonymy with Perodicticus potto edwardsi. Specimens were found that partially resemble the descriptions for Perodicticus potto ju-ju and have been tentatively identified as such. Previously undescribed features present in the population assigned to the genus Perodicticus have also been found, including a bowed fin on the mesial margin of the lower (caniniform) anterior premolar in most of the specimens conforming to the descriptions for P. p. ju-ju and P. p. potto.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Stump, David Pauldpsst25@pitt.eduDPSST25
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairSchwartz, Jeffrey Hjhs@pitt.eduJHS
Committee MemberHanks, Bryan Kbkh5@pitt.eduBKH5
Committee MemberWible, John RWibleJ@CarnegieMNH.Org
Committee MemberMooney, Mark Pmpm4@pitt.eduMPM4
Committee MemberSiegel, Michael Isiegel@pitt.eduSIEGEL
Date: 10 October 2005
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 24 May 2005
Approval Date: 10 October 2005
Submission Date: 31 May 2005
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Anthropology
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Evolution; Lorisid
Other ID:, etd-05312005-122303
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:46
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:44


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