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SPECIES Sorex (Sorex) maritimensis

Author:Smith, 1939.
Citation:J. Mammal., 20: 244.
Common Name:Maritime Shrew
Type Locality:Canada, "Nova Scotia, Kings County, Wolfville".
Distribution:Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
Status:Conservation status requires evaluation (Stewart et al., 2002).
Comments:Subgenus Sorex, S. arcticus group. Karyotype has 2n = 28/29, FN = 34. Van Zyll de Jong (1983b) and Volobouev and van Zyll de Jong (1988) suggested that maritimensis may be an independent species. Genetic data provided by Stewart et al. (2002) support that view. They suggest that S. arcticus and S. maritimensis shared a common ancestor approximately 2.4 million years ago.



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