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

Mammalia

Editor-in-Chief: Denys, Christiane

6 Issues per year


IMPACT FACTOR 2017: 0.714
5-year IMPACT FACTOR: 0.816

CiteScore 2017: 0.82

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2017: 0.433
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2017: 0.603

Online
ISSN
1864-1547
See all formats and pricing
More options …
Volume 82, Issue 4

Issues

Biogeographic implications of small mammals from Northern Highlands in Tanzania with first data from the volcanic Mount Kitumbeine

Christopher Sabuni / Tatiana Aghová
  • Institute of Vertebrate Biology, Czech Academy of Sciences, Research Facility Studenec, Studenec 122, 675 02 Koněšín, 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
/ Anna Bryjová
  • Institute of Vertebrate Biology, Czech Academy of Sciences, Research Facility Studenec, Studenec 122, 675 02 Koněšín, Czech Republic
  • Other articles by this author:
  • De Gruyter OnlineGoogle Scholar
/ Radim Šumbera
  • Faculty of Science, Department of Zoology, University of South Bohemia, 370 05, České Budějovice, Czech Republic
  • Other articles by this author:
  • De Gruyter OnlineGoogle Scholar
/ Josef Bryja
  • Corresponding author
  • Institute of Vertebrate Biology, Czech Academy of Sciences, Research Facility Studenec, Studenec 122, 675 02 Koněšín, Czech Republic
  • Faculty of Science, Department of Botany and Zoology, Masaryk University, Kotlářská 2, 611 37 Brno, Czech Republic
  • Email
  • Other articles by this author:
  • De Gruyter OnlineGoogle Scholar
Published Online: 2017-12-07 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2017-0069

Abstract

Small terrestrial mammals and their biogeographical affinities were studied on Mount Kitumbeine, one of the little known volcanoes in the Gregory Rift Valley (northern Tanzania). In June, 2015, a total of 10 species, two insectivores and eight rodents, were recorded during a short-time sampling in two high altitude habitats. Taxonomic identification was based on genetic data allowing zoogeographic interpretations. For most of the taxa, there was a clear link with fauna of the northern part of the Eastern Arc Mountains, but there were also species with their core distributions in the Albertine Rift Mountains (Crocidura montis) as well as taxa endemic to the volcanic Northern Highlands (e.g. Hanang or Ngorongoro), such as Lophuromys makundi and probably Otomys angoniensis. Comparison of genotyped small mammals from Kitumbeine and neighboring hills with previously collected data revealed the first genetically confirmed Tanzanian records of two species (C. montis and Lophuromys stanleyi) and one species (Lophuromys sabunii) is reported for the first time from Zambia. The present study thus showed that, even in such well-studied areas like northern Tanzania, a basic faunistic survey of mammals can still bring interesting results stressing the need to study biota in small and poorly known areas.

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

Keywords: biogeography; Crocidura montis group; cytochrome b; Lophuromys; montane habitats; Northern Highlands of Tanzania

References

  • Baker, M. 2000. A survey of the avifauna found within the isolated montane forest reserves of Monduli District. Mimeograph, East African Cross-Border Biodiversity Project, Arusha.Google Scholar

  • Baxter, R.M. and N.J. Dippenaar. 2013. Crocidura luna Moonshine Shrew (Grey-brown Musk Shrew). In: (M. Happold and D.C.D. Happold, eds.) Mammals of Africa. Volume IV: Hedgehogs, shrews and bats. Bloomsbury Publishing, London. pp. 99–100.Google Scholar

  • Bryja, J., O. Mikula, H. Patzenhauerová, N. Oguge, R. Šumbera and E. Verheyen. 2014a. The role of dispersal and vicariance in the Pleistocene history of an East African mountain rodent, Praomys delectorum. J. Biogeogr. 41: 196–208.CrossrefWeb of ScienceGoogle 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. 2014b. Pan-African phylogeny of Mus (subgenus Nannomys) reveals one of the most successful mammal radiations in Africa. BMC Evol. Biol. 14: e256.CrossrefWeb of ScienceGoogle Scholar

  • Bryja, J., R. Šumbera, J.C. Kerbis Peterhans, T. Aghová, A. Bryjová, O. Mikula, V. Nicolas, C. Denys and E. Verheyen. 2017. Evolutionary history of the thicket rats (genus Grammomys) mirrors the evolution of African forests since late Miocene. J. Biogeogr. 44: 182–194.Web of ScienceCrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Burgess, N.D., T.M. Butynski, N.J. Cordeiro, N.H. Doggart, J. Fjeldså, K.M. Howell, F.B. Kilahama, S.P. Loader, J.C. Lovett, B. Mbilinyi, M. Menegon, D.C. Myer, E. Nashanda, A. Perkin, F. Rovero, W.T. Stanley and S.N. Stuart. 2007. The biological importance of the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania and Kenya. Biol. Conserv. 134: 209–231.Web of ScienceCrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Carleton, M.D. and W.T. Stanley. 2012. Species limits within the Praomys delectorum group (Rodentia: Muridae: Murinae) of East Africa: a morphometric reassessment and biogeographic implications. Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 165: 420–469.CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Carleton, M.D., R.A. Banasiak and W.T. Stanley. 2015. A new species of the rodent genus Hylomyscus from Angola, with a distributional summary of the H. anselli species group (Muridae: Murinae: Praomyini). Zootaxa 4040: 101–128.CrossrefWeb of ScienceGoogle Scholar

  • Carmichael, W. 1966. Investigation and assessment of Kitumbeine Local Authority Forest Reserve, November 1966. Mimeo.Google Scholar

  • Castiglia, R., F. Annesi, A.M. Sichilima and R. Hutterer. 2009. A molecular and chromosomal study of the moonshine shrew, Crocidura luna Dollman, 1910 from Zambia with a description of a new remarkable karyotype. Mammalia 73: 56–59.Web of ScienceGoogle Scholar

  • Castiglia, R., E. Solano, R.H. Makundi, J. Huselmans, E. Verheyen and P. Colangelo. 2012. Rapid chromosomal evolution in mesic four-striped grass rat Rhabdomys dilectus (Rodentia, Muridae) revealed by mtDNA phylogeographic analysis. J. Zool. Syst. Evol. Res. 50: 162–172.Web of ScienceGoogle Scholar

  • Channing, A. and T.R.B. Davenport. 2002. A new stream frog from Tanzania (Anura: Ranidae: Strongylopus). Afr. J. Herp. 51: 135–142.CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Colangelo, P., E. Verheyen, H. Leirs, C. Tatard, C. Denys, G. Dobigny, J.F. Duplantier, C. Brouat, L. Granjon and E. Lecompte. 2013. A mitochondrial phylogeographic scenario for the most widespread African rodent, Mastomys natalensis. Biol. J. Linn. Soc. 108: 901916.Web of ScienceCrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Davenport, T. 2000. The butterfly fauna of Kitumbeine Forest Reserve. Mimeograph, East African Cross-Border Biodiversity Project, Arusha.Google Scholar

  • Demeter, A. and R. Hutterer. 1986. Small mammal from Mt. Meru and its environs (northern Tanzania). Cimbebasia, ser. A. 8: 199–207.Google Scholar

  • Demos, T.C., J.C. Kerbis Peterhans, B. Agwanda and M.J. Hickerson. 2014. Uncovering cryptic diversity and refugial persistence among small mammal lineages across the Eastern Afromontane biodiversity hotspot. Mol. Phyl. Evol. 71: 41–54.CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Demos, T.C., J.C. Kerbis Peterhans, T.A. Joseph, J.D. Robinson, B. Agwanda and M.J. Hickerson. 2015. Comparative population genomics of African montane forest mammals support population persistence across a climatic gradient and Quaternary climatic cycles. PLoS One 10: e0131800.Web of SciencePubMedCrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Denys, C., A. Lalis, E. Lecompte, R. Cornette, S. Moulin, R.H. Makundi, R.S. Machang’u, V. Volobouev and V.M. Aniskine. 2011. A faunal survey in Kingu Pira (South Tanzania), with new karyotypes of several small mammals and the description of a new Murid species (Mammalia, Rodentia). Zoosystema 33: 5–47.CrossrefWeb of ScienceGoogle Scholar

  • Dubey, S., N. Salamin, M. Ruedi, P. Barrière, M. Colyn and P. Vogel. 2008. Biogeographic origin and radiation of the Old World crocidurine shrews (Mammalia: Soricidae) inferred from mitochondrial and nuclear genes. Mol. Phyl. Evol. 48: 953–963.CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • du Toit, N., B. Jansen van Vuuren, S. Matthee and C.A. Matthee. 2012. Biome specificity of distinct genetic lineages within the four-striped mouse Rhabdomys pumilio (Rodentia: Muridae) from southern Africa with implications for taxonomy. Mol. Phyl. Evol. 65: 75–86.CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Faulkes, C.G., G.F. Mgode, S.C. Le Comber and N.C. Bennett. 2010. Cladogenesis and endemism in Tanzanian mole-rats, genus Fukomys: (Rodentia: Bathyergidae): a role for tectonics? Biol. J. Linn. Soc. 100: 337–352.CrossrefWeb of ScienceGoogle Scholar

  • Fitzgibbon, C.D., H. Leirs and W. Verheyen. 1995. Distribution, population dynamic and habitat use of the lesser pouched rat, Beamys hindei. J. Zool. (London) 236: 499512.CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Gryseels, S., S.J.E. Baird, B. Borremans, R. Makundi, H. Leirs and J. Goüy de Bellocq. 2017. When viruses don’t go viral: the importance of host phylogeographic structure in the spatial spread of arenaviruses. PLoS Pathog. 13: e1006073.CrossrefPubMedWeb of ScienceGoogle Scholar

  • Kingdon, J. 1990. Island Africa: the evolution of Africa’s rare animals and plants. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey, USA.Google Scholar

  • Kiwia, H.Y.D. 2006. Species richness and abundance estimates of small mammals in Zaraninge coastal forest in Tanzania. Tanzania J. Sci. 32: 105–116.Google Scholar

  • Makundi, R.H., A.W. Massawe, L.S. Mulungu and A. Katakweba. 2009. Species diversity and population dynamics of rodents in farm-fallow field mosaic systems in Central Tanzania. Afr. J. Ecol. 48: 313–320.CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Mikula, O., R. Šumbera, T. Aghová, J. Mbau, A.A.S. Katakweba, C.A. Sabuni and J. Bryja. 2016. Evolutionary history and species diversity of African Pouched Mice (Rodentia: Nesomyidae: Saccostomus). Zool. Scr. 45: 595–617.CrossrefWeb of ScienceGoogle Scholar

  • Misonne, X. and J. Verschuren. 1966. Les rongeurs et lagomorphes de la région tu Parc National du Serengéti (Tanzanie). Mammalia 30: 517–537.Google Scholar

  • Mittermeier, R.A., P. Robles-Gil, M. Hoffmann, J. Pilgrim, T. Brooks, C.G. Mittermeier, J. Lamoreux and G.A.B. DaFonseca. 2004. Hotspots revisited: Earth’s biologically richest and most endangered terrestrial ecoregions. CEMEX, Mexico City.Google Scholar

  • Monadjem, A., P.J. Taylor, C. Denys and F.P.D. Cotterill. 2015. Rodents of Sub-Saharan Africa. A biogeographic and taxonomic synthesis. Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Munich/Boston.Google Scholar

  • Mulungu, L.S., R.H. Makundi, A.W. Massawe, R.S. Machang’u and E. Nsajigwa. 2008. Diversity and distribution of rodent and shrew species associated with variations in altitude on Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Mammalia 72: 178–185.Web of ScienceGoogle Scholar

  • Nonnotte, P., H. Guillou, B. Le Gall, M. Benoit, J. Cotten and S. Scaillet. 2008. New K-Ar age determinations of Kilimanjaro volcano in the North Tanzanian diverging rift, East Africa. J. Volcanol. Geotherm. Res. 173: 99–112.Web of ScienceCrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Nyakaana, S., C. Tumusiime, N. Oguge, H.R. Siegismund, P. Arctander and V. Muwanika. 2008. Mitochondrial DNA diversity and population structure of a forest-dependent rodent, Praomys taitae (Rodentia: Muridae) Heller 1911, in the fragmented forest patches of Taita Hills, Kenya. S. Afr. J. Sci. 104: 499–504.Google Scholar

  • Plumptre, A.J., T.R.B. Davenport, M. Behangana, R. Kityo, G. Eilu, P. Ssegawa, C. Ewango, D. Meirte, C. Kahindo, M. Herremans, J. Kerbis Petterhans, J.D. Pilgrim, M. Wilson, M. Languy and D. Moyer. 2007. The biodiversity of the Albertine Rift. Biol. Conserv. 134: 178–194.CrossrefWeb of ScienceGoogle Scholar

  • Rovero, F., M. Menegon, J. Fjeldså, L. Collett, N. Doggart, C. Leonard, G. Norton, N. Owen, A. Perkin, D. Spitale, A. Ahrends and N.D. Burgess. 2014. Targeted vertebrate surveys enhance the faunal importance and improve explanatory models within the Eastern Arc Mountains of Kenya and Tanzania. Divers. Distributions 20: 1438–1449.Web of ScienceCrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Stamatakis, A. 2014. RAxML version 8: a tool for phylogenetic analysis and post-analysis of large phylogenies. Bioinformatics 30: 1312–1313.PubMedCrossrefWeb of ScienceGoogle Scholar

  • Stanley, W.T. 2013. Crocidura hildegardeae Hildegarde’s Shrew. In: (M. Happold and D.C.D. Happold, eds.) Mammals of Africa. Volume IV: hedgehogs, shrews and bats. Bloomsbury Publishing, London. pp. 88–89.Google Scholar

  • Stanley, W.T., P.M. Kihaule, R. Hutterer and K.M. Howell. 1998. Small mammals of the Eastern Arc Mountains, Tanzania. J. East Afr. Nat. Hist. 87: 91–100.CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Stanley, W.T., A.M. Nikundiwe, F.A. Mturi, P.M. Kihaule and P.D. Moehlman. 2005. Small mammals collected in the Udzungwa Mountains National Park, Tanzania. J. East Afr. Nat. Hist. 94: 203–212.CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Stanley, W.T., G. Norton, P.M. Kihaule, L. Collet and M. Kate. 2007. Additional notes on the small mammals of Malundwe Mountain, Mikumi National Park Tanzania. J. East Afr. Nat. Hist. 96: 203–214.CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Stanley, W.T., M.A. Rodgers, P.M. Kihaule and M.J. Munissi. 2014. Elevational distribution and ecology of small mammals on Africa’s highest mountain. PLoS One 9: e109904.CrossrefPubMedWeb of ScienceGoogle Scholar

  • Stanley, W.T., R. Hutterer, T.C. Giarla and J.A. Esselstyn. 2015. Phylogeny, phylogeography and geographical variation in the Crocidura monax (Soricidae) species complex from the montane islands of Tanzania, with descriptions of three new species. Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 174: 185–215.CrossrefWeb of ScienceGoogle Scholar

  • Swynnerton, G.H. and R.W. Hayman. 1950. A checklist of the land mammals of the Tanganyika Territory and the Zanzibar Protectorate. J. E. Afr. Nat. Hist. Soc. 29: 274–392.Google Scholar

  • Taylor, P.J., S. Maree, J. van Sandwyk, J.C. Kerbis Peterhans, W.T. Stanley, E. Verheyen, P. Kaliba, W. Verheyen, P. Kaleme and N.C. Bennett. 2009. Speciation mirrors geomorphology and palaeoclimatic history in African laminate-toothed rats (Muridae: Otomyini) of the Otomys denti and Otomys lacustris species-complexes in the ‘Montane Circle’ of East Africa. Biol. J. Linn. Soc. 96: 913–941.Web of ScienceCrossrefGoogle 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

  • Taylor, P.J., S. Maree, F.P.D. Cotterill, A.D. Missoup, V. Nicolas and C. Denys. 2014. Molecular and morphological evidence for a Pleistocene radiation of laminate-toothed rats (Otomys: Rodentia) across a volcanic archipelago in equatorial Africa. Biol. J. Linn. Soc. 113: 320–344.CrossrefWeb of ScienceGoogle Scholar

  • Verheyen, W.N., J.L.J. Hulselmans, T. Dierckx, M. Colyn, H. Leirs and E. Verheyen. 2003. A craniometric and genetic approach to the systematics of the genus Dasymys Peters, 1875, selection of a neotype and description of three new taxa (Rodentia, Muridae, Africa). Bulletin de L’Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique, Biologie 73: 27–71.Google Scholar

  • Verheyen, W.N., J.L.J. Hulselmans, T. Dierckx, L. Mulungu, H. Leirs, M. Corti and E. Verheyen. 2007. The characterization of the Kilimanjaro Lophuromys aquilus True 1892 population and the description of five new Lophuromys species (Rodentia, Muridae). Bulletin de L’Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique, Biologie 77: 23–75.Google Scholar

About the article

Received: 2017-06-08

Accepted: 2017-10-04

Published Online: 2017-12-07

Published in Print: 2018-07-26


Citation Information: Mammalia, Volume 82, Issue 4, Pages 360–372, ISSN (Online) 1864-1547, ISSN (Print) 0025-1461, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2017-0069.

Export Citation

©2018 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston.Get Permission

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]
Jarmila Krásová, Ondřej Mikula, Vladimír Mazoch, Josef Bryja, Oldřich Říčan, and Radim Šumbera
Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 2018
[2]
Josef Bryja, Hana Konvičková, Anna Bryjová, Ondřej Mikula, Rhodes Makundi, Wilbert N. Chitaukali, and Radim Šumbera
Mammalian Biology, 2018

Comments (0)

Please log in or register to comment.
Log in