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SPECIES Cryptotis meridensis

Author:Thomas, 1898.
Citation:Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., ser. 7, 1: 457.
Common Name:Merida Small-eared Shrew
Type Locality:Venezuela, Merida, alt. 2165 m.
Distribution:Venezuela; cloud forest and páramo in the Cordillera de los Andes in Trujillo, Mérida, and E Táchira; probably also mountains near Caracas, Venezuela, see Tello (1979).
Status:IUCN – Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:C. thomasi group. This species was commonly included in thomasi (Handley, 1976; Eisenberg, 1989) but is much larger and has a more robust dentition. Choate (pers. comm., 1983) and Hutterer (1986d) therefore considered meridensis a valid species, an action followed by Vivar et al. (1997) and Woodman (1996). Specimens from Páramo de Tamá previously referred to meridensis have been described as a new species, C. tamensis, by Woodman (2002). A specimen from coastal highlands near Caracas reported by Ojasti and Mondolfi (1968) will require a detailed study.



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