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A New Species of Shrew Described in Sri Lanka

27/03/2008 15:34:36 A new, endemic species of shrew Crocidura hikmiya, has been described from Sri Lanka. The new shrew is presently only known from mid montane and lowland rainforests of Sinharaja.

This shrew was previously been identified as Ceylon Long-tailed Shrew (Crocidura miya). However the latter species is now believed to be confined to the montane forests of the central hills. The researchers believe that the most frequently encountered shrew in Sinharaja is the new species.

This raises the number of shrews in Sri Lanka to ten of which six are endemic to the island.

The researchers Suyama Meegaskumbura, Madhava Meegaskumbura, Rohan Pethiyagoda, Kelum Manamendra-Arachchi and Christopher J. Schneider published their findings in Zootaxa on 19th December 2007. The paper was titled Crocidura hikmiya, a new shrew (Mammalia: Soricomorpha: Soricidae) from Sri Lanka.

Courtesy of Jetwing Eco Holidays/Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne.

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