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SPECIES Crocidura hirta

Author:Peters, 1852.
Citation:Reise nach Mossambique, SSugethiere: 78.
Common Name:Lesser Red Musk Shrew
Type Locality:Mozambique, Tette, 17S.
Distribution:Angola, Dem. Rep. Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa.
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Gureev (1979) listed beirae and deserti as distinct species; the latter may well be separable. C. bloyeti, formerly listed as a species, is included here because it was based on a juvenile hirta. The Angolan erica may also belong here. The karyotype of hirta (2n = 50, FN = 66) is shared by olivieri, viaria, greenwoodi, and attila (Schlitter et al., 1999). For synonyms see Heim de Balsac and Meester (1977).
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Synonyms:

    annellata Peters, 1852
    beirae Dollman, 1915
    bloyeti Dekeyser, 1943
    canescens Peters, 1852
    deserti Schwann, 1906
    flavidula Thomas and Schwann, 1905
    langi Cabrera, 1925
    luimbalensis Hill and Carter, 1937
    velutina Thomas, 1904

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