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SPECIES Anourosorex assamensis

Author:Anderson, 1875.
Citation:Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., ser. 4, 16: 282.
Common Name:Assam Mole Shrew
Type Locality:Assam, Subsasugu.
Distribution:NE India (Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland).
Comments:Blanford (1888) and Allen (1938) considered A. assamensis as a species distinct from A. squamipes. Mandal and Das (1969) reported on a series of mole shrews from Assam and noted their larger size in comparison to the Chinese population, an observation corroborated by my study of specimens in the FMNH. These differences were neatly shown in a principal component analysis performed by Motokawa and Lin (2002). Records from Meghalaya and Nagaland are based on specimens in the FMNH. It is not known whether the ranges of A. assamensis and A. squamipes overlap in S Assam or Manipur, but the occurrence of the latter in Mizoram (Mandal et al., 1995) may indicate the presence of a contact zone.
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