The shrews of the eastern Canary Islands: a new species (Mammalia: Soricidae)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1987
Authors:Hutterer, R, Lopez-Jurado, LF, Vogel, P
Journal:Journal of Natural History
Volume:21
Issue:6
Date Published:1987
ISBN Number:0022-2933
Keywords:Fringillidae, Serinus, Serinus canaria
Abstract:The karyotype, morphology and biology of Crocidura from Fuerteventura (Canary Islands) are described. The species has a diploid chromosome number of 2n = 36, thus differing from all other species of the genus. A detailed morphological comparison of the shrews from Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and other islets with C. russula from Morocco revealed specific characters for both taxa. Differences were also observed in biological parameters. It is concluded that the Canary Island populations of Crocidura form a biological species which is consequently named Crocidura canariensis sp. nov.The karyotype, morphology and biology of Crocidura from Fuerteventura (Canary Islands) are described. The species has a diploid chromosome number of 2n = 36, thus differing from all other species of the genus. A detailed morphological comparison of the shrews from Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and other islets with C. russula from Morocco revealed specific characters for both taxa. Differences were also observed in biological parameters. It is concluded that the Canary Island populations of Crocidura form a biological species which is consequently named Crocidura canariensis sp. nov.
URL:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00222938700770851
Short Title:Journal of Natural History
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