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The Taxonomic Status of Mazama bricenii and the Significance of the Táchira Depression for Mammalian Endemism in the Cordillera de Mérida, Venezuela

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Possible qualitative cranial differences suggested from preliminary comparisons of topotypes of Mazama bricenii and M. rufina.

Top: topotype of Mazama bricenii from La Culata, Mérida, Venezuela (FMNH 20197); bottom: topotype of M. rufina from Volcán Pichincha, Pichincha, Ecuador (FMNH 44335). Both specimens are adult females. (A) Lacrimal fossa: narrower and substantially deeper in the specimen of M. bricenii than in that of M. rufina; (B) Frontal bones: slightly depressed anteriorly in the specimen of M. bricenii, but relatively straight in that of M. rufina. Illustrations by Megan Krol.

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