Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Show Summary Details
More options …

Mammalia

Editor-in-Chief: Denys, Christiane

6 Issues per year


IMPACT FACTOR 2016: 0.805
5-year IMPACT FACTOR: 1.000

CiteScore 2016: 0.89

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2016: 0.469
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2016: 0.711

Online
ISSN
1864-1547
See all formats and pricing
More options …
Volume 81, Issue 1 (Jan 2017)

Issues

Phylogenetic position of a monotypic Ethiopian endemic rodent genus Megadendromus (Rodentia, Nesomyidae)

Leonid A. Lavrenchenko
  • Corresponding author
  • A.N.Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences, Leninskii pr. 33, Moscow 119081, Russia
  • Email
  • Other articles by this author:
  • De Gruyter OnlineGoogle Scholar
/ Rena S. Nadjafova
  • A.N.Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences, Leninskii pr. 33, Moscow 119081, Russia
  • Other articles by this author:
  • De Gruyter OnlineGoogle Scholar
/ Afework Bekele / Tatiana A. Mironova
  • A.N.Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences, Leninskii pr. 33, Moscow 119081, Russia
  • Other articles by this author:
  • De Gruyter OnlineGoogle Scholar
/ Josef Bryja
  • Institute of Vertebrate Biology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Květná 8, 603 65 Brno, Czech Republic
  • Faculty of Science, Department of Botany and Zoology, Masaryk University, Kotlářská 2, 611 37 Brno, Czech Republic
  • Other articles by this author:
  • De Gruyter OnlineGoogle Scholar
Published Online: 2016-02-12 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2015-0148

Abstract

The taxonomic and phylogenetic position of the Nikolaus’s African climbing mouse (Megadendromus nikolausi), formerly known only from four specimens, remained for a long time ambiguous. Here, we report, for the first time, the phylogenetic analysis of this species using mitochondrial (cytochrome b) and nuclear (interphotoreceptor binding protein) gene sequences obtained from a new specimen recently caught in the Bale Mountains in south-eastern Ethiopia. Our analyses strongly suggest that the Nikolaus’s climbing mouse does not belong to a distinct monotypic genus, but to the genus Dendromus. The first karyotype description of this enigmatic Ethiopian endemic is presented. The diploid set comprises 18 pairs of bi-armed chromosomes, 2N=36, one of the lowest diploid numbers reported for the genus Dendromus (2N=30–52). Moreover, the phylogenetic analysis reveals that another very distinctive Ethiopian endemic, Dendromus lovati, sometimes placed in a subgenus Chortomys, occupies an internal position within Dendromus s.s. The results suggest that the Ethiopian Plateau is an important center of high diversity and adaptive radiation for the genus Dendromus. The conservation status of M. nikolausi is assessed.

This article offers supplementary material which is provided at the end of the article.

Keywords: Dendromurinae; Ethiopia; karyotype; Megadendromus; phylogeny

References

  • Amori, G. and S. Gippoliti. 2003. A higher-taxon approach to rodent conservation priorities for the 21st century. Anim. Biodiv. Conserv. 26: 1–18.Google Scholar

  • Bekele, A. and D.W. Yalden. 2013. The Mammals of Ethiopia and Eritrea. Addis Ababa University Press, Addis Ababa. pp. 391.Google Scholar

  • Bonnefille, R. 1983. Evidence for a cooler and drier climate in the Ethiopian upland 2.5 Myr ago. Nature 303: 487–491.Google Scholar

  • Bonnefille, R. 2010. Cenozoic vegetation, climate changes and hominid evolution in tropical Africa. Glob. Planet. Change 72: 390–411.Google Scholar

  • Bryja, J., O. Mikula, R. Šumbera, Y. Meheretu, T. Aghová, L.A. Lavrenchenko, V. Mazoch, N. Oguge, J.S. Mbau, K. Welegerima, N. Amundala, M. Colyn, H. Leirs and E. Verheyen. 2014. Pan-African phylogeny of Mus (subgenus Nannomys) reveals one of the most successful mammal radiations in Africa. BMC Evol. Biol. 14: 256.Google Scholar

  • Bulatova, N.Sh. and L.A. Lavrenchenko. 2005. Possible karyological affinities of small mammals from North of the Ethiopian Plateau. In: (B.A. Huber, B.J. Sinclair and K.H. Lampe, eds.) African biodiversity: molecules, organisms, ecosystems. Springer, New York. pp. 315–319.Google Scholar

  • Bulatova, N.Sh., V.N. Orlov and M.I. Baskevich. 1995. Karyological comments to the list of Ethiopian mammals. In: (V.E. Sokolov, ed.) Theriological investigations in Ethiopia. Nauka, Moscow, pp. 32–58 (In Russian).Google Scholar

  • Chevret, P., F. Veyrunes and J. Britton-Davidian. 2005. Molecular phylogeny of the genus Mus (Rodentia: Murinae) based on mitochondrial and nuclear data. Biol. J. Linn. Soc. 84: 417–427.Google Scholar

  • Corti, M., A. Scanzani, A.R. Rossi, M.V. Civitelli, A. Bekele and E. Capanna. 1999. Karyotypic and genetic divergence in the Ethiopian Myomys-Stenocephalemys complex (Mammalia, Rodentia). It. J. Zool. 66: 341–349.Google Scholar

  • Demeter, A. and G. Topal. 1982. Ethiopian mammals in the Hungarian Natural History Museum. Annales Historico-Naturales Musei Nationalis Hungarici (Budapest) 74: 331–349.Google Scholar

  • Denys, C. 1994. Diet and dental morphology of two coexisting Aethomys species (Rodentia) in Mozambique. Implications for diet reconstruction in related extinct species from South Africa. Acta Theriol. 39: 357–364.Google Scholar

  • Denys, C. and V. Aniskine. 2012. On a new species of Dendromus (Rodentia, Nesomyidae) from Mount Nimba, Guinea. Mammalia 76: 295–308.Google Scholar

  • Denys, C., J. Michaux, F. Catzeflis, S. Ducrocq and P. Chevret. 1995. Morphological and molecular data against the monophyly of Dendromurinae (Muridae: Rodentia). Bonn. Zool. Beitr. 45: 173–190.Google Scholar

  • Dieterlen, F. and H. Rupp. 1978. Megadendromus nikolausi, gen. nov., sp. nov. (Dendromurinae; Rodentia), ein neuer Nager aus Äthiopien. Zeitschrift für Säugetierkunde 43: 129–143.Google Scholar

  • Dippenaar, N.J., J. Meester, I.L. Rautenbach and D.A. Wolhuter. 1983. The status of Southern African Mammal taxonomy. In: (E. van der Straeten, W.N. Verheyen and F. De Vree, eds.) Proceedings of the 3rd international colloquium on ecology and taxonomy of African small mammals. Antwerp, Belgium. Annls Mus. roy. Afr. Centr., Sc. Zool. 237: 1–227.Google Scholar

  • Drummond, A.J., M.A. Suchard, X. Dong and A. Rambaut. 2012. Bayesian phylogenetics with BEAUti and the BEAST 1.7. Mol. Biol. Evol. 29: 1969–1973.Google Scholar

  • Fadda, C. and M. Corti. 2000. Three dimensional geometric morphometric study of the Ethiopian MyomysStenocephalemys complex (Murinae, Rodentia). Hystrix (n.s.) 10: 131–143.Google Scholar

  • Fadda, C., M. Corti and E. Verheyen. 2001. Molecular phylogeny of Myomys/Stenocephalemys complex and its relationships with related African genera. Biochem. Sys. Ecol. 29: 585–596.Google Scholar

  • Geraads, D. 2001. Rodents of the Upper Miocene of Chorora, Ethiopia: Murinae, Dendromurinae and conclusions. Palaeovertebrata (Montpellier) 30: 89–109.Google Scholar

  • Groombridge, B. 1994. 1994 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland. Accessed September 02, 2005 at www.redlist.org.

  • Happold, D.C.D. (ed.). 2013. Mammals of Africa. Volume III: Rodents, Hares and Rabbits. Bloomsbury Publishing, London. pp. 784.Google Scholar

  • IUCN, 1996. The 1996 IUCN red list of threatened animals. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, U.K.Google Scholar

  • IUCN, 2001. IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria. Version 3.1. Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.Google Scholar

  • Lavrenchenko, L.A. 2003. A contribution to the systematics of Desmomys Thomas, 1910 (Rodentia, Muridae) with the description of a new species. Bonn. Zool. Beitr. 50: 313–327.Google Scholar

  • Lavrenchenko, L.A. and E. Verheyen. 2005. An assessment of the systematics of the genus Desmomys Thomas, 1910 (Rodentia: Muridae) using mitochondrial DNA sequences. In: (B.A. Huber, B.J. Sinclair and K.H. Lampe, eds.) African biodiversity: molecules, organisms, ecosystems. Springer, New York. pp. 363–369.Google Scholar

  • Lavrenchenko, L.A. and E. Verheyen. 2006. Evolutionary relationships among narrow-headed rats (Genus Stenocephalemys, Muridae, Rodentia) inferred from complete cytochrome b gene sequences. Russ. J. Genet. 42: 439–446.Google Scholar

  • Lavrenchenko, L.A. and F. Dieterlen. 2008. Megadendromus nikolausi. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 21 July, 2015.

  • Lavrenchenko, L.A., A.N. Milishnikov, V.M. Aniskin, A.A. Warshavsky and W. Gebrekidan. 1997. The genetic diversity of small mammals of the Bale Mountains, Ethiopia. SINET: Ethiop. J. Sci. 20: 213–233.Google Scholar

  • Lavrenchenko, L.A., A.N. Milishnikov, V.M. Aniskin and A.A. Warshavsky. 1999. Systematics and phylogeny of the genus Stenocephalemys Frick, 1914 (Rodentia, Muridae): a multidisciplinary approach. Mammalia 63: 475–494.Google Scholar

  • Lavrenchenko, L.A., R.S. Nadjafova and N.Sh. Bulatova. 2011. Three new karyotypes extend a Robertsonian fan in Ethiopian spiny mice of the genus Acomys I. Geoffroy, 1838 (Mammalia, Rodentia). Comp. Cytogenet. 5: 423–431.Google Scholar

  • Lecompte, E., L. Granjon, J.K. Peterhans and C. Denys. 2002. Cytochrome-b based phylogeny of the Praomys group (Rodentia, Murinae): a new African radiation? C. R. Biol. 325: 827–840.Google Scholar

  • Matthey, R. 1967. Note sur la cytogenetique de quelques Murides africans. Mammalia 31: 281–287.Google Scholar

  • Matthey, R. 1970. Caryotypes de Murides et Dendromurides originaires de Republique Centrafricaine. Mammalia 34: 459–466.Google Scholar

  • Meheretu, Y., R. Šumbera and J. Bryja. 2015. Enigmatic Ethiopian endemic rodent Muriculus imberbis (Rüppell 1842) represents a separate lineage within genus Mus. Mammalia 79: 15–23.Google Scholar

  • Mein, P., M. Pickford and B. Senut. 2004. Late Miocene micromammals from the Harasib karst deposits, Namibia. Part 2b – Cricetomyidae, Dendromuridae and Muridae, with an addendum on the Myocricetodontidae. Communications of the Geological Survey of Namibia 13: 43–61.Google Scholar

  • Monadjem, A., P.J. Taylor, C. Denys and F.P.D. Cotteril. 2015. Rodents of sub-saharan Africa. A biogeographic and taxonomic synthesis. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, Germany.Google Scholar

  • Musser, G.G. and M.D. Carleton. 2005. Superfamily Muroidea. In: (D.E. Wilson and D.M. Reeder, eds.) Mammal species of the world. A taxonomic and geographic reference. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore. pp. 894–1531.Google Scholar

  • Olayemi, A., V. Nicolas, J. Hulselmans, A.D. Missoup, E. Fichet-Calvet, D. Amundala, A. Dudu, T. Dierckx, W. Wendelen, H. Leirs and E. Verheyen. 2012. Taxonomy of the African giant pouched rats (Nesomyidae: Cricetomys): molecular and craniometric evidence support an unexpected high species diversity. Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 165: 700–719.Google Scholar

  • Rambaut, A. and A.J. Drummond. 2007. Tracer v1.5. Available from: http://beast.bio.ed.ac.uk/Tracer. Accessed November 15, 2013.

  • Ray, C. 1960. The application of Bergmann’s and Allen’s rules to the poikilotherms. J. Morphol. 106: 85–108.Google Scholar

  • Robbins, L.W. and R.J. Baker. 1978. Karyotypic data for African Mammals, with a description of an in vivo bone marrow technique. Ann. Carn. Mus. Nat. Hist. 6: 188–210.Google Scholar

  • Ronquist, F. and J.P. Huelsenbeck. 2003. Mrbayes 3: Bayesian phylogenetic inference under mixed models. Bioinformatics 19: 1572–1574.Google Scholar

  • Rupp, H. 1980. Beiträge zur Systematik, Verbreitung und Ökologie äthiopischer Nagetiere: Ergebnisse mehrerer Forschungsreisen. Säugetierkundliche Mitteilungen 28: 81–123.Google Scholar

  • Schenk, J.J., K.C. Rowe and S.J. Steppan. 2013. Ecological opportunity and incumbency in the diversification of repeated continental colonizations by muroid rodents. Syst. Biol. 62: 837–864.Google Scholar

  • Solano, E., P.J. Taylor, A. Rautenbach, A. Ropiquet and R. Castiglia. 2014. Cryptic speciation and chromosomal repatterning in the South African climbing mice Dendromus (Rodentia, Nesomyidae). Plos One 9: e88799.Google Scholar

  • Stamatakis, A. 2006. RAxML-VI-HPC: Maximum likelihood-based phylogenetic analyses with thousands of taxa and mixed models. Bioinformatics 22: 2688–2690.Google Scholar

  • Sumner, A.T. 1972. A simple technique for demonstrating centromeric heterochromatin. Exp. Cell Res. 75: 304–306.Google Scholar

  • Tamura, K., G. Stecher, D. Peterson, A. Filipski and S. Kumar. 2013. MEGA6: Molecular evolutionary genetics analysis version 6.0. Mol. Biol. Evol. 30: 2725–2729.Google Scholar

  • Taylor, P.J., L.A. Lavrenchenko, M.D. Carleton, E. Verheyen, N.C. Bennett, C.J. Oosthuizen and S. Maree. 2011. Specific limits and emerging diversity patterns in East African populations of laminate-toothed rats, genus Otomys (Muridae: Murinae: Otomyini): Revision of the Otomys typus complex. Zootaxa 3024: 1–66.Google Scholar

  • Winkler, A.J. 2002. Neogene paleobiogeography and east African paleoenvironments: Contributions from the Tugen hills rodents and lagomorphs. J. Hum. Evol. 42: 237–256.Google Scholar

  • Yalden, D.W. 2013. Dendromus lovati Lovat’s African Climbing Mouse. In: (D.C.D. Happold, ed.) Mammals of Africa. Vol. III. Bloomsbury Publishing, London. pp. 173–174.Google Scholar

  • Yalden, D.W. and M.J. Largen. 1992. The endemic mammals of Ethiopia. Mammal Rev. 22: 115–150.Google Scholar

About the article

Corresponding author: Leonid A. Lavrenchenko, A.N.Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences, Leninskii pr. 33, Moscow 119081, Russia, e-mail:


Received: 2015-08-22

Accepted: 2015-12-11

Published Online: 2016-02-12

Published in Print: 2017-01-01


Citation Information: Mammalia, ISSN (Online) 1864-1547, ISSN (Print) 0025-1461, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2015-0148.

Export Citation

©2017 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston. Copyright Clearance Center

Supplementary Article Materials

Citing Articles

Here you can find all Crossref-listed publications in which this article is cited. If you would like to receive automatic email messages as soon as this article is cited in other publications, simply activate the “Citation Alert” on the top of this page.

[1]
Josef Bryja, Danila Kostin, Yonas Meheretu, Radim Šumbera, Anna Bryjová, Mohammed Kasso, Ondřej Mikula, and Leonid A. Lavrenchenko
Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 2017

Comments (0)

Please log in or register to comment.
Log in