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Mise à jour de la liste des rongeurs d’Algérie, biogéographie et implications paléoécologiques

Abstract : Advances in integrative taxonomy have allowed to correct some old claims about rodent taxonomy in Algeria and reveal the existence of new species in the region. Thanks to these new data, it is now possible to update the list of rodents in Algeria and to provide an overview of their distribution. Through the review of data from the literature (articles, works and unpublished manuscripts), 31 species are currently known compared to 26 during the last taxonomic revision. In this article we seek, from a large panel of data, to describe the structure of this diversity but also to assess the biogeographical and climatic parameters explaining the rodent diversity in Algeria. Our results are not only useful for a better understanding of the current diversity of rodents, but can also be used by palaeontologists to better understand the past communities and environments in northwestern Africa. Thus, a first application to the Neolithic site of Gueldaman and to the Early-Middle Pleistocene site of Tighennif indicates that they belong to the humid/subhumid stage and desert stage respectively, which is in agreement with the other paleoenvironmental proxies.
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Mathias Meunier, Emmanuelle Stoetzel, Karim Souttou, Makhlouf Sekour, Moussa Hadjoudj, et al.. Mise à jour de la liste des rongeurs d’Algérie, biogéographie et implications paléoécologiques. Bulletin De La Societe Zoologique De France, Societe Zoologique De France, 2020, 145 (4), pp.413-474. ⟨hal-02958117⟩