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SPECIES Sorex (Otisorex) longirostris

Author:Bachman, 1837.
Citation:J. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 7: 370.
Common Name:Southeastern Shrew
Type Locality:USA, "in the swamps of Santee [River], South Carolina"; restricted to Hume Plantation (Cat Isl in the mouth of Santee River) by Jackson (1928:85).
Distribution:SE USA, Florida west to Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana; Virginia and N Carolina.
Status:U.S. ESA Delisted Taxon as S. l. fisheri; IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Subgenus Otisorex, S. cinereus species group (Demboski and Cook, 2003). As pointed out by Junge and Hoffmann (1981), this species is inappropriately named because it has one of the shortest rostra of North American Sorex. Junge and Hoffmann (1981) also suggested that shrews of the Great Dismal Swamp described as fisheri and traditionally included in longirostris as a subspecies are much larger and may represent a valid species. Reviewed by French (1980, Mammalian Species No. 143). Part of range mapped in detail by Pagels and Handley (1989) and Pagels et al. (1982).


SUBSPECIES longirostris




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