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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.



    swinnyi Chubb, 1908

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