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SPECIES Sorex (Sorex) volnuchini

Author:Ognev, 1922.
Citation:Ann. Mus. Zool. Akad. St. Petersbourg, 22: 322.
Common Name:Caucasian Pygmy Shrew
Type Locality:Russia, Krasnodarskii kr., Adygeiskaya A.O. [middle course], r. Kisha (see Pavlinov and Rossolimo, 1987).
Distribution:S Russia and Caucasus States; Turkey and N Iran. Perhaps also Crimea, Ukraine.
Status:IUCN – Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Subgenus Sorex, S. minutus group. Formerly included in minutus but specimens from Caucasus have a slighly different karyotype (2n = 40, FN = 60) which led Kozlovsky (1973) and Sokolov and Tembotov (1989) to regard volnuchini as a full species. The karyotype of S. buchariensis is very similar (Ivanitskaya et al., 1977). Zaitsev and Osipova (2003) were able to distinguish volnuchini morphologically from minutus; they also documented Pleistocene records for volnuchini. Zagorodnyuk (1996c) described the population of Crimea as subspecies dahli, in contrast to the smaller minutus inhabiting mainland Ukraine. Kryštufek and Vohralík (2001) demonstrated that Turkish populations (except those from Thrace) represent S. volnuchini.


SUBSPECIES volnuchini



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