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SPECIES Crocidura cyanea

Author:Duvernoy, 1838.
Citation:Mem. Soc. Hist. Nat. Strasbourg, 2: 2.
Common Name:Reddish-gray Musk Shrew
Type Locality:"La riviere des Elephants, au sud de l'Afrique" = Citrusdal, South Africa fide Shortridge (1942:27).
Distribution:South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe; records further north uncertain.
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:The species concept applied by Heim de Balsac and Meester (1977) included a number of names which evidently do not belong to cyanea but to species such as parvipes and smithii; see Hutterer (1986a) and Hutterer and Joger (1982). The limits of distribution of cyanea have not yet been established; Meester et al. (1986) distinguished cyanea and infumata as subspecies in South Africa. The taxon erica which has been included in cyanea may be related to hirta.
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Synonyms:

    argentatus Sundevall in Grill, 1860
    capensis (Smuts, 1832)
    capensoides (A. Smith, 1833)
    concolor (A. Smith, 1836)
    electa Dollman, 1910
    infumata (Wagner, 1841)
    martensii Dobson, 1890
    pondoensis Roberts, 1913
    vryburgensis Roberts, 1946

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