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SPECIES Sorex (Otisorex) cinereus

Author:Kerr, 1792.
Citation:Animal Kingdom: 206.
Common Name:Cinereus Shrew
Type Locality:Canada, Ontario, Fort Severn.
Distribution:North America throughout Alaska and Canada and southward along the Rocky and Appalachian Mtns to 45.
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Type species of subgenus Otisorex, and of S. cinereus group. Does not occur in Siberia as previously suggested; the taxa haydeni, jacksoni, ugyunak, portenkoi, leucogaster, beringianus, and camtschatica have been included previously but are now considered as separate species; see comments under these taxa and Junge and Hoffmann (1981, and references therein), van Zyll de Jong (1982, 1991b), van Zyll de Jong and Kirkland (1989), and Pavlinov and Rossolimo (1987). S. fontinalis was separated from cinereus by Kirkland (1977), Junge and Hoffmann (1981), and Jones et al. (1992), but is considered, together with lesueurii, as a subspecies (van Zyll de Jong and Kirkland, 1989). However, George's (1988) data indicate it is a sister taxon to both cinereus and haydeni. Paraphyly and/or mtDNA introgression of cinereus and haydeni documented by Stewart and Baker (1994, 1997) and Brunet et al. (2002). Genetic relations of the entire group studied by Demboski and Cook (2003). Karyotype has 2n = 60, FN = 70. The name fimbripes Bachman, 1837 is usually included in the synonymy of cinereus, but Handley and Varn (1994) pointed out that Bachman's description resembles Nectogale elegans rather than Sorex cinereus.




SUBSPECIES fontinalis

SUBSPECIES hollisteri

SUBSPECIES lesueurii


SUBSPECIES ohionensis

SUBSPECIES streatori


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