Voalavo antsahabensis

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Voalavo antsahabensis

Post  tungduong_9102 on 17th January 2011, 23:18

Voalavo antsahabensis, also known as the Eastern Voalavo, is a rodent in the family Nesomyidae which occurs in the Anjozorobe forest of eastern Madagascar. Although surveys before 2002 failed to record the species, it is common in some places. However, it is threatened by habitat loss because of slash-and-burn agriculture. The species was formally described in 2005 and is most closely related to the only other species of Voalavo, Voalavo gymnocaudus from northern Madagascar.

The two species of Voalavo are only subtly different in morphology. With a body mass of 20.7 to 22.6 g (0.73 to 0.8 oz), V. antsahabensis is a small rodent. It has a longer tail than V. gymnocaudus, as well as a longer rostrum (front part of the skull) and diastema (gap between the incisors and molars), but shorter molar rows. The two species also differ in details of the configuration of the palate.

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