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The valid generic name for red-backed voles (Muroidea: Cricetidae: Arvicolinae): Restatement of the case for Myodes Pallas, 1811

January 1, 2014

In view of contradictions in the recent literature, the valid genus-group name to be applied to northern red-backed voles— Myodes Pallas, 1811, or Clethrionomys Tilesius, 1850—is reviewed. To develop the thesis that Myodes (type species, Mus rutilus Pallas, 1779) is the correct name, our discussion explores the 19th-century taxonomic works that bear on the relevant taxa, the transition in zoological codes apropos the identification of type species, and past nomenclatural habits in cases where no type species was originally indicated. We conclude that Myodes is the senior name to use for the genus-group taxon that includes the Holarctic species rutilus and frame this conclusion within a synonymy of the genus.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2014
Title The valid generic name for red-backed voles (Muroidea: Cricetidae: Arvicolinae): Restatement of the case for Myodes Pallas, 1811
DOI 10.1644/14-MAMM-A-004
Authors Michael D. Carleton, Alfred L. Gardner, Igor Ya. Pavlinov, Guy G. Musser
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Journal of Mammalogy
Index ID 70133243
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Patuxent Wildlife Research Center