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SPECIES Myosorex cafer

Author:Sundevall, 1846.
Citation:Ofv. Kongl. Svenska Vet.-Akad. Forhandl. Stockholm, 3: 119.
Common Name:Dark-footed Mouse Shrew
Type Locality:South Africa, "E Caffraria interiore et Port-Natal".
Distribution:South Africa, eastern escarpment from Eastern Cape Prov. north to Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces; extreme W Mozambique and E Zimbabwe, in higher elevations above 1,000 m.
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Meester (1958) described the geographic variation of the species. Heim de Balsac and Meester (1977) included affinis, sclateri, swinnyi, talpinus, and tenuis in cafer, while Wolhuter (in Smithers, 1983:3) and Dippenaar et al. (1983) regarded sclateri and tenuis as distinct, partly based on new karyotype information (M. cafer: 2n = 38). Although no additonal data have yet been published, this view is provisionally accepted here as it better reflects existing variation within the southern African representatives of the genus.
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    swinnyi Chubb, 1908

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