Taxonomic Stautus of Striped Field Mice(Mammalia: Rodenita) from Wando Island, Korea

한국 완도에 서식하고 있는 등줄쥐(포유강: 설치목)의 분류학적 위치

  • Published : 1998.03.01

Abstract

Thirty one morphometric characters of striped field mice(Apodemus agrarius) from eight localities in Korea were analyzed by multivariate methods in order to confirm taxonomic status of specimens from Wando island. Two subgroups were recognized: a small-size form from six localities (Mt. Taebaek, Mt. Weolak, Cheongju, Mt. Chiri, Kunsan, and Jin isoland) and a large-size form from Wando island and Cheju island. It is confirmed that the small-size form from six localities is A. a. coreae, as described by Thomas(1908), and that the large-size form from Cheju island is A. a. chejuensis, as named by Johnson and Jones (1955). Furthermore, it is confirmed that large-size specimens from Wando island is and Cheju island. It is confirmed that the small-size form from six localities is A. a coreae, as described by Thomas(1908), and that the large-size form from Cheju island is A. a. chejuensis, as named by Johnson and Jones(1955). Furthermore, it is confirmed that large-size specimens from Wando island is subspecies A. a. chejuensis, as suggested by koh (1989). In future, analyses with specimens from islands in southern coasts are necessary to clarify the taxonomic status of Apodemus agrarius in Korea.