The use of the species concept in paleontology. Comment on "Nesiotites rafelinensis sp. nov., the earliest shrew (Mammalia, Soricidae) from the Balearic Islands, Spain" by Rofes et al., 2012

Marc Furió, Guillem Pons-Monjo

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    Abstract

    The earliest representative of Nesiotites from Caló d'en Rafelino (Mallorca) has been recently described as a new species (Nesiotites rafelinensis) based on a single hemimandible with p4-m3. A thorough inspection of large collections of different species of Nesiotites from the Balearic Islands reveals wide intraspecific morphological variation within these Plio-Pleistocene shrews. Six out of seven diagnostic characters of N. rafelinensis fall within the variability of the oldest species previously known, N. ponsi. We thus conclude that no traits sufficiently support the definition of a new species, and in our opinion this material should be better referred to N. ponsi or to a closely related form (N. aff. ponsi/N. cf. ponsi).
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalPalaeontologia Electronica
    Volume16
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2013

    Keywords

    • Asoriculus
    • Biological variability
    • Lipotyphla
    • Mallorca
    • Nectogalini
    • Nesiotites ponsi

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