In May 2006, Eric Sargis, Associate Curator of Mammalogy in the Yale
Peabody Museum’s Division of Vertebrate Zoology, co-directed a crew
that spent 4 weeks collecting northern smooth-tailed treeshrews (Dendrogale murina) and other small mammals in the Seima Biodiversity Conservation Area in the Mondulkiri Province of Cambodia.
The team worked roughly 4 kilometers (about 2.5 miles) west of the Vietnam border on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The area east of the Mekong River is biogeographically significant because the river is a major barrier that prevents the dispersal of small mammals. Many species that inhabit one side of the river are absent on the other side, and those on both sides are often genetically distinct.
Visit Eric Sargis' Mammalian Evolutionary Morphology Lab website.
This expedition was funded by the National Geographic Society and the University of Alaska Museum, and supported by the Wildlife Conservation Society.
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