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1 September 2010 A New Subspecies of the Least Weasel Mustela nivalis (Mammalia, Carnivora) from Taiwan
Liang-Kong Lin, Masaharu Motokawa, Masashi Harada
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Abstract

A new subspecies of the least weasel, Mustela nivalis (Mammalia, Carnivora) was described from the central mountains of Taiwan. The external and skull morphology, and conventional, G-banded and C-banded karyotypes of the present subspecies were compared with those of other subspecies. This new subspecies is distinct from the other subspecies by relatively longer tail, a broad and short interorbital region, short and narrow rostrum, anteriorly positioned infraorbital foramen, well developed protocone and parastyle of the fourth upper premolars, and anterior margin of right and left upper molars located in a straight line. The number of C-blocks in chromosomes of this new subspecies is less than those for other M. nivalis subspecies.

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Liang-Kong Lin, Masaharu Motokawa, and Masashi Harada "A New Subspecies of the Least Weasel Mustela nivalis (Mammalia, Carnivora) from Taiwan," Mammal Study 35(3), 191-200, (1 September 2010). https://doi.org/10.3106/041.035.0305
Received: 10 April 2010; Accepted: 1 May 2010; Published: 1 September 2010
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