Museum, University of Nebraska State

 

Date of this Version

12-18-1981

Citation

Annals of the Carnegie Museum (December 18, 1981) 50(article 19): 435-473.

Comments

Copyright 1981, Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Used by permission.

Abstract

The Texas pocket gopher (Geomys personarus), which occupies a range in southern Texas and extreme northeastern Tamaulipas, was examined for morphological variation. Univariate and multivariate analyses were used to determine age, secondary sexual, individual, and geographic variation. Significant differences were found among the three age classes and between the sexes for 12 of 13 cranial measurements. Males displayed higher individual variation than females. Distributions of the six previously recognized subspecies (fallax, fuscus, maritimus, megapotamus, personatus, and streckeri) were examined. An additional subspecies is recognized and described. Of the seven subspecies of G. personatus, fuscus and streckeri form a group distinct from other subspecies.