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SPECIES Sorex (Sorex) asper

Author:Thomas, 1914.
Citation:Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., ser. 8, 13: 565.
Common Name:Tien Shan Shrew
Type Locality:"Thian-shan [Tien-shan], Tekes Valley". Note on type specimen tag says "Jigalong" (= Dzhergalan?, see Hoffmann, 1987:119); Narynko'skii r-n., Alma-Ata Obl., Kazakhstan.
Distribution:Tien Shan Mountains (Kazakhstan and Sinkiang, China).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Subgenus Sorex. S. tundrensis group. Karyotype has 2n = 32/33, FN = 58. Type locality discussed by Hoffmann (1987) and Pavlinov and Rossolimo (1987). Does not include excelsus as suggested by Corbet (1978c); see under that species. Reviewed by Hoffmann (1987), who discussed the relationship between asper and tundrensis. Genetically, they are not closely related (Fumagalli et al., 1999).
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