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SPECIES Sorex (Sorex) minutus

Author:Linnaeus, 1766.
Citation:Syst. Nat., 12th ed., l: 73.
Common Name:Eurasian Pygmy Shrew
Type Locality:"Yenisei"; restricted by Pavlinov and Rossolimo (1987:15) to "Krasnoyarskii kr., Krasnoyarsk." According to Ellerman and Morrison-Scott (1951:47), Linnaeus' name is based on Laxmann's ms. of Sibir. Briefe, and the type locality is Barnaul, Russia.
Distribution:Europe to Yenesei River and Lake Baikal, south to Altai and Tien Shan Mtns; populations of Nepal and China have been alternatively identified as minutus or thibetanus; populations of Turkey and the Caucasus as minutus or volnuchini; populations of Kashmir and N Pakistan as minutus, planiceps, or thibetanus.
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Subgenus Sorex, S. caecutiens group. Formerly included gracillimus and volnuchini, which are each now accepted as specifically distinct; see comments therein. Corbet (1978c) included also planiceps and thibetanus; but see Dolgov and Hoffmann (1977), Hoffmann (1996a, b) and Hutterer (1979). The European populations of minutus were revised by Hutterer (1990, 1999). Karyotype has 2n = 42, FN = 56 (Zima et al., 1998), but 2n = 40 and 36 in the Baltic islands +land and Gotland (Fredga et al., 1995).
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Synonyms:

    becki Lehmann, 1963
    canaliculatus Ljungh, 1806
    carpetanus Rey, 1971
    exiguus Brink, 1952
    exilis Gmelin, 1788
    gymnurus Chaworth-Musters, 1932
    heptapotamicus Stroganov, 1956
    hibernicus Jenys, 1838
    insulaebellae Heim de Balsac, 1940
    kastchenkoi Johansen, 1923
    lucanius Miller, 1909
    melanderi Ognev, 1928
    minimus Geoffroy, 1811
    pumilio Wagler, 1832
    pumilus Nilsson, 1844
    pygmaeus Laxmann, 1769
    rusticus Jenys, 1838

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