Rodent diversity in Pulau Pangkor underestimated due to complex taxonomic descriptions

V. K. Jayaraj, A. Roslan, Farah Shafawati Mohd Taib, M. Z. Mohamad Faiz, Mohd Afif Yusof, Rahaniza Ali, M. T. Abdullah

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Accurate rodent diversity studies in an area is highly dependent on the accurate interpretation of identification keys available. This is particularly important in Malaysia as this country is one of the global hotspots of biodiversity and has high rodent species diversity. However, identification keys for Malaysian rodent are outdated and probably too complex for interpretation by non-rodent specialists. This is an issue that needs to be addressed as it can lead to underestimation of rodent diversity in a particular area. Previously it was reported that rodent diversity was low in Pulau Pangkor, with a total of just four species known to the island. This recent survey indicated that the diversity of rodents was underestimated probably due to confusion in taxonomic keys available. This indicates the need to prepare a comprehensive identification key for rodents in Malaysia that is easier to use and encouraging voucher specimen collection. There is also a need to reexamine specimens that are morphologically similar from other surveys in order to revise the rodent diversity knowledge in these sites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-312
Number of pages6
JournalThe Malaysian Forester
Volume82
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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Keywords

  • Pulau Pangkor
  • Rodent
  • Sister species
  • Taxonomic description

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Jayaraj, V. K., Roslan, A., Mohd Taib, F. S., Mohamad Faiz, M. Z., Yusof, M. A., Ali, R., & Abdullah, M. T. (2019). Rodent diversity in Pulau Pangkor underestimated due to complex taxonomic descriptions. The Malaysian Forester, 82(1), 307-312.

Rodent diversity in Pulau Pangkor underestimated due to complex taxonomic descriptions. / Jayaraj, V. K.; Roslan, A.; Mohd Taib, Farah Shafawati; Mohamad Faiz, M. Z.; Yusof, Mohd Afif; Ali, Rahaniza; Abdullah, M. T.

In: The Malaysian Forester, Vol. 82, No. 1, 01.01.2019, p. 307-312.

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Jayaraj, VK, Roslan, A, Mohd Taib, FS, Mohamad Faiz, MZ, Yusof, MA, Ali, R & Abdullah, MT 2019, 'Rodent diversity in Pulau Pangkor underestimated due to complex taxonomic descriptions', The Malaysian Forester, vol. 82, no. 1, pp. 307-312.
Jayaraj VK, Roslan A, Mohd Taib FS, Mohamad Faiz MZ, Yusof MA, Ali R et al. Rodent diversity in Pulau Pangkor underestimated due to complex taxonomic descriptions. The Malaysian Forester. 2019 Jan 1;82(1):307-312.
Jayaraj, V. K. ; Roslan, A. ; Mohd Taib, Farah Shafawati ; Mohamad Faiz, M. Z. ; Yusof, Mohd Afif ; Ali, Rahaniza ; Abdullah, M. T. / Rodent diversity in Pulau Pangkor underestimated due to complex taxonomic descriptions. In: The Malaysian Forester. 2019 ; Vol. 82, No. 1. pp. 307-312.
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