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SPECIES Crocidura horsfieldii

Author:Tomes, 1856.
Citation:Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., ser. 2, 17: 23.
Common Name:Horsfield's Shrew
Type Locality:Sri Lanka.
Distribution:Sri Lanka and Indian Peninsula (Mysore and Ladak), perhaps Nepal (see below).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Subspecies or synonyms discussed by Jenkins (1976) and Jameson and Jones (1977). Usually spelled horsfieldi but Corbet and Hill (1991) correctly used horsfieldii. Formerly also included indochinensis and wuchihensis, but see under those species. Formerly included also kurodai and tadae from Taiwan, but they show a karyotype (2n = 40, FN = 54; Fang et al., 1997) different from [horsfieldii] indochinensis (2n = 38, FN = 48; Rao and Aswathanarayana, 1978). Here they are both included in rapax. The distribution of horsfieldii sensu strictu is still a matter of disagreement. Lunde et al. (2003b) restricted its distribution to Sri Lanka and adjacent peninsular India.



    myoides Blanford, 1875
    retusa Peters, 1870

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