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SPECIES Crocidura zarudnyi

Author:Ognev, 1928.
Citation:[Mammals of Eastern Europe and Northern Asia], 1: 341.
Common Name:Zarudny's Rock Shrew
Type Locality:Iran, Baluchistan (border).
Distribution:SE Iran, SE Afghanistan, SW Pakistan (Spitzenberger, 1971a).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:The species was first named tatianae by Ognev (1922), but later (1928) replaced by zarudnyi; Ognev argued that tatianae was preoccupied by tatiana Dollman, 1915 (now a synonym of the African olivieri), an action covered by the 4th edition of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (Art. 58, International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature, 1999). The definition of zarudnyi follows Spitzenberger (1971a) and Hassinger (1970), but not Jenkins (1976) who included arispa which is now regarded as a separate species; see that account. As Spitzenberger (1971a) pointed out, zarudnyi has a shorter rostrum and a heavier mandible than both pergrisea and serezkyensis. The status of streetorum is not clear although it is included here as suggested by Hassinger (1970). The distribution and morphology of pergrisea, serezkyensis, and zarudnyi should be carefully studied in the Hindukush, Karakoram and Pamir where their ranges may overlap.
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Synonyms:

    streetorum Hassinger, 1970
    tatianae Ognev, 1922

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