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SPECIES Sorex (Sorex) excelsus

Author:G. M. Allen, 1923.
Citation:Am. Mus. Novit., 100: 4.
Common Name:Chinese Highland Shrew
Type Locality:"summit of Ho-shan (=Xue Shan), Pae-tai, 30 miles (48 km) south of Chung-tien (=Zhongdian), Yunnan, China, altitude 13000 feet [3962 m]."
Distribution:Yunnan and Sichuan (China), and possibly Nepal.
Status:IUCN Data Deficient.
Comments:Subgenus Sorex. Considered as a possible subspecies of asper (Corbet, 1978c) but retained as a full species related to tundrensis by Hoffmann (1987) who also suggested that a specimen from Nepal recorded by Agrawal and Chakraborty (1971) may represent excelsus. However, mtDNA data indicate that excelsus is neither related to asper nor to tundrensis (Fumagalli et al., 1999).
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