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"SHREW TALK" - Vol. 1, No. 12- 8 August 1997

SHREW TALK - 8 August 1997 - Vol. 1, No. 12
Number of Recipients: >225
Contents of this Issue
o Editorial
o Research
1. Blarina preying on mice: film footage (a reply to Tina Dalton)
2. Raising insectivore infants I
2a. Raising insectivore infants II
3. Trapping census in Wytham Woods
4. Diplomarbeiten und Dissertationen ueber oesterreichische Saeugetiere
5. Software for analysis of mark-recapture data
o Shrew-mateur 1. More shrews around the house
2. Addendum to the 'Shrew Dictionary': Romanian
o Shrew Bibliography: New Papers
1. Sorex araneus hybrid zones
o What's New on the Shrew (ist's) Site
1. A place to conveniently leave criticism and flowers: Guestbook
2. New Shrewists on E-mail
o Shrew Talk Instructions
Dear Shrew-Fessionals and Shrew-Mateurs,
I realized that the recent updates of the Shrew (ist's) Site were not properly loaded onto the server, which caused some confusion. Everything should work properly now. This issue includes a question on moles. I decided to incorporate it, hoping that it will also bring forth some useful information on other insectivores and small mammals.
Your's shrewly, Werner Haberl
1) Blarina preying on mice: film footage (a reply to Tina Dalton)
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 97 12:50:43 CDT
From: Tom Tomasi <TET962F@VMA.SMSU.EDU>
Subject: Shrew predation footage
To: Tina Dalton <bettinad@ozemail.com.au>, Werner Haberl <shrewbib@sorex.vienna.at>
Dear Tina,
I hope that you were successful at getting the footage you wanted concerning shrews in the act of predation. However, if not, I took some home movies of Blarina preying on white mice when I was working on this project back in 1976-78. The quality is obviously not professional...
(SNIP, wh)
2) Raising insectivore infants
Date: Fri, 08 Aug 1997 08:29:01 -0700
From: "Mary D. Smith" <v8350@bealenet.com>
Forgive if this duplicates the message I sent before asking to be added to the Shrew Talk mailing list. Also, I do have a question, if you can answer or post if it is not straying too far from the subject of shrews: As a wildlife rehabilitator in central Virginia, U.S.A. experienced with squirrels and injured and orphaned mice, mole (scalopus aquaticus), referrals have started coming to me and I'm finding very little info on their care. Particularly on care of infants. The wildlife rehab channels have yielded only a very few people who have also failed in raising infants and would like to know how also. My main questions are: What is a suitable formula diet for non or partially furred babies? What are appropriate first foods for transition to solids, and at what stage should this process begin? I maintained a young adult for three weeks, while treating her impalement wound. Ground Purina cat chow, moistened with water, earthworms, and once a day supplement with Vionate, Nutri-cal, a vitamin suppl., and Bene-bac to counter any adverse effects of oral antibiotic, were what I fed her. She rejected mealworms, canned cat and dog foods, and frozen mosquito larvae. During this period, she healed well, with thru flushing of injury, warm water soaks, and gentle stretching therapy. On release, she was in good vigorous condition, with some impairment of her rt. hind leg, but very good use of it in traveling through dirt. Her weight had fallen from 50 to 46 grams during her stay. What diet would be of benefit to a mole in temp. captivity? It concerns me that a mole needing longer care might not survive the diet shortfalls that probably exist with my current skills. Did find that handling, backrubs, and encouragement all had a big positive effect on her appetite! (Who me? Charmed by a mole??) Anyway, If you have any knowledge or educated guesses and suggestions, or know who might, I would greatly appreciate them. Massive thanks for anything you might come up with!!!! Mary D. Smith
2a) Raising insectivore infants II
Date: Fri, 08 Aug 1997 11:53:26 -0700
From: "Mary D. Smith" <v8350@bealenet.com>
Truly, any help on infant care will benefit. What is successful for shrews might well be reasonable, at least, for moles. The kitten and puppy milk replacers that I, and others tried caused bloating and death. With mine, I am certain they were not given too much at each feeding, and the frequency was every 45 min. Whan they bloated, I gave Bene-bac, an intestinal bacteria replacer, and hydrating solution until they seemed righted, then re-introduced dilute formula gradually, but they were too much weakened from lack of nourishment by then. These problems occurred on the fourth and fifth days of care. To lose healthy young animals from pure lack of knowledge drives me wild!!
Many thanks, Mary
3) Trapping census in Wytham Woods
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 1997 23:48:35 +0000
From: judith.lloyd@zoology.oxford.ac.uk (judith lloyd)
i am a technician to the whole animals research group at the department of zoology here in oxford. among my many duties is a bi-annual small mammal trapping census in wytham woods.
judith lloyd.
dept zoology oxford
ox1 3ps. 01865 271178. _______________________________________________________________________
4) Diplomarbeiten und Dissertationen ueber oesterreichische Saeugetiere
I would like to compile a list of theses and dissertations (most of them unpublished) from Austria on *Austrian mammals* dating back to 1950. Unfortunately, the Austrian libraries' computer databases only contain data dating back to about 1989. In view of that it would be necessary to conduct a manual search in several Austrian University libraries (Univ. Wien, Graz, Salzburg, Innsbruck, VetMed, Boku), it seems almost impossible to obtain a complete list within a short period of time...
I would be indebted if anybody could provide references. Every single reference is valuable and will be appreciated...
Please reply to my personal e-mail address.
Thank you,
Werner - shrewbib@sorex.vienna.at _______________________________________________________________________
5) Software for analysis of mark-recapture data
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 1997 23:22:33 GMT
From: Evan Cooch <cooch@FRASER.SFU.CA>
Organization: Simon Fraser University
Subject: SURGE | mark-recapture | textbook
A brief notice of announcement that there have 2 recent upgrades to both Program SURGE and the accompanying textbook on using the software for analysis of mark-recapture data. Program SURGE is a now freeware application which makes it fairly quick and easy to analyze data from marked individuals. It is one of the most widely-used applications for analyses of this sort.
The companion 135pp text is a step-by-step introduction to both the background theory of mark-recapture analysis (emphasizing the practical realities of doing the work, rather than the mathematics), and to using program SURGE (it was written so you can, in effect, teach yourself how to use SURGE - no more $650+ workshops needed :-).
The book (also freely available), and the software are both availble through the Web at:
Of course, mark recapture is an analytical approach, which you can do with SURGE. "It" doesn't care if the study critters fly or not. :-)
1) More shrews around the house
From: Lactd@aol.com
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 1997 21:03:25 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: common shrew
Hi! I don't know if you answer questions from the general public, but here goes.
I've discovered what I think are shrew in my backyard. I see little holes in the ground up against the foundation of the house. Question: do I leave them alone or will they do any harm to a lawn/house etc? As long as they don't pose a problem, or get into the house, I don't have a problem with them. Should I?
Thanks for any input.
lactd _______________________________________________________________________
2) Addendum to the 'Shrew Dictionary': Romanian
Date: Sun, 03 Aug 1997 12:41:53
From: fulb@pcnet.pcnet.ro (B.-P.Z.)
About the romanian similar word for SHREW.
First, I tell you an archaism which is not used or known anymore: CHITORLAN (masc., sg.), with the plural CHITORLANI. Another word, this time somehow contemporary and probably known to romanians, is CHITCAN (masc., sg.), with the plural CHITCANI (masc.). The CHITCAN word family is:
- CHITCANEAN (adj, masc, sg), CHITCANENI (adj, masc, pl) - CHITCANEANA (adj, fem, sg), CHITCANENE (adj, fem, pl) - CHITCANEANCA (fem, sg) - CHITCANENCEI (masc, sg), CHITCANENCENE (fem, pl)
The 'Shrew Dictionary': http://members.vienna.at/shrew/dictionary.html
ÒThe Shrew BibliographyÓ is a collection of more than 6000 references to research on the biology of the Soricidae (Insectivora, Mammalia) and small mammal ecology. More info: http://members.vienna.at/shrew/shrewbib.html
To announce your new research papers/books, please follow the instructions (separate fields with the character "#"): Author(s)#Year#Title#Journal&Page No.#Abstract#Keywords#Address *I* would appreciate receiving a reprint of your paper and/or a list of your publications to add to the bibliography.
1) Sorex araneus hybrid zones
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 1997 13:59:41 +0200
From: Nicolas.LugonMoulin@izea.unil.ch (Nicolas)
Subject: bibliography
Dear Dr. Haberl,
I have found your web page for "shrewists" and the bibliography. I am currently doing a PhD on Sorex araneus hybrid zones. I also did a Master's thesis on a hybrid zone in the common shrew using microsatellites. Since you plan an update of your bibliography, I give you here the reference of my Master:
Lugon Moulin, Nicolas (1997) Etude d'une zone d'hybridation de Sorex araneus (Mammalia: Insectivora) par des microsatellites. Master's thesis (Travail de diplôme), University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
I published in Hereditas N°125, which is an offprint volume (Proceedings of the ISAAC's fourth International Meeting, Norr Malma and Uppsala, Sweden, August 22-26/27, 1996) on the evolution in the Sorex araneus group: cytogenetics and molecular aspects. I give you here the reference, although you probably already have the Proceedings of this Shrew Meeting.
Lugon Moulin, N., Wyttenbach, A., Brünner, H., Goudet, J. and Hausser, J. (1996) Study of gene flow through a hybrid zone in the common shrew (Sorex araneus) using microsatellites. Hereditas, 125:159-168
Thank you, Nicolas _________________________________________________________________
Nicolas Lugon Moulin
Institut de Zoologie et d'Ecologie Animale, Batiment de Biologie Universite de Lausanne,
1015 Lausanne/Dorigny, (Switzerland)
tel.: ++41 21 692 41 86, fax: ++41 21 692 41 05
e-mail: Nicolas.LugonMoulin@izea.unil.ch _________________________________________________________________
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