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The higher-level classification of the species checklist is organized following primarily Wilson and Reeder (1993), with some changes proposed in the recent taxonomic literature. However, we have not tried to verify older literature references, which is beyond the scope of this checklist. Hopefully, researchers will be stimulated to revise species lists with currently accepted taxonomy. Some groups, such as the common free-tailed bats Molossus and the arboreal rodents Oecomys and Rhipidomys, are in need of a systematic revision and their taxonomy should be taken as tentative.

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