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"SHREW TALK" - Vol. 1, No. 15- 4 September 1997

SHREW TALK - 4 September 1997 - Vol. 1, No. 15
Number of Recipients: >228
Contents of this Issue
o Editorial
o Research
1. Prebles shrew
2. Shrew borne diseases
3. Longevity in shrews
4. Replies: Data on Longevity in shrews
4a. Re: Longevity in shrews (Blarina brevicauda)
4b. Re: Longevity in shrews (Sorex ornatus)
4c. Re: Longevity in shrews (Sorex araneus)
4d. Re: Longevity in shrews (South African species)
o Shrew Bibliography: New Papers
o What's New on the Shrew (ist's) Site
o Shrew Talk Instructions
1) Prebles shrew
Date: Wed, 03 Sep 1997 16:03:14 -0700
From: Joan Howard <emijoe@3-cities.com>
Organization: Environmental Management, Inc.
Subject: Prebles Shrew
We are looking for information on the Prebles Shrew or Sorex preblei commonly found in Oregon, USA.
It was suggested that this shrew was a concern around Rocky Flats, Colorado, USA.
If any information you can provide would be most appreciated.
Thank you.
Environmental Management, Inc. Richland, Washington
2) Shrew borne diseases
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 14:12:45 -0400
From: SANDRA ERDLE <SYE@dcr.state.va.us>
Subject: SHREW TALK: Vol. 1, No. 14 - 20 August 1997 -Reply
Werner, in response to your comments about shrew (rodent) borne diseases, I thought I'd pass along a couple of references. I don't know of any specific to shrews, and these are certainly more applicable to researchers in North America, but you may find them of interest.
Cheers! Sandra Erdle
Childs, J.E., J.N. Mills and G.E. Glass. 1995. Rodent-borne hemorrhagic fever viruses: a special risk for mammalogists? Journal of Mammalogy 76(3): 664-680.
Mills, J.N., T.L. Yates, J.E. Childs, R.R. Parmenter, T.G. Ksiazek, P.E. Rollin and C.J. Peters. 1995. Guidelines for working with rodents potentially infected with Hantavirus. Journal of Mammalogy 76(3): 716-722.
3) Longevity in shrews
From: "Ron Ron Cheng" <quake12@geocities.com>
Subject: life span of a shrew
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 1997 18:03:07 -0500
Could you please mail me back as soon as you can with the life span of a shrew? I'd greatly appreciate it.
Ron Ron Cheng @ :^)
4) Replies: Data on Longevity in shrews
The life-span of free-living shrews (Soricidae, Insectivora) rarely exceeds one year. There are only a few records of shrews surviving a second winter in the wild (e.g. Borowski, 1964: Sorex araneus; Besancon, 1984: Crocidura russula).
However, in captivity, shrews are known to live longer: Hutterer (1976) could maintain two Common Shrews (Sorex araneus) to survive their second winter (588 days). The reported life-span of other species is even higher: 37 months (Neomys fodiens: Koehler 1986), over 3 years (Sorex caecutiens: J. Saarikko, pers. comm.), 31 months (Cryptotis parva: Mock & Conaway 1976), 29,3 months (Crocidura suaveolens: Hanzak 1966), 38 months (Crocidura russula: Vogel 1972), 4 years (Crocidura russula: Schreitmüller, cit. Spannhof 1952), 41,5 months (Crocidura leucodon: Frank 1956), 32 months (Suncus etruscus: Fons 1979).
Refer to 'The Shrew Bibliography' for complete references.
I was able to maintain a female Crocidura suaveolens in captivity for 28 months (after date of capture). This shrew was pregnant at the time of capture (30.7.1988) and gave birth to 6 young in captivity (Haberl 1993). It is not sure whether this animal was a ‘regular summer-shrew’ or a late ‘autumn/winter-shrew’), but it must have achieved an age of 3 - 3 1/2 years and is (to current knowledge) the oldest shrew of this species. It may also be possible that this animal originated from an early ‘current-year’s-litter’, which would make it one of the rare observations of shrews reproducing in their first calendar-year of life.
Werner Haberl shrewbib@sorex.vienna.at
4a) Re: Longevity in shrews (Blarina brevicauda)
From: "John Whitaker" <LSWHITAK@scifac.indstate.edu>
Organization: Indiana State University
Date: Thu, 9 Jan 1997 14:30:36 GMT-5
Subject: Re: Longevity in Soricidae
I have no specific longevity report for shrews. However, I do know that Jack Gottschang (Univ. Cincinnati, Dept Biol. 1812 Brodie Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45221; now retired) kept Blarina in captivity at one time and kept them for long periods, but I don't know how long. You might contact him.
Sincerely John Whitaker
4b) Re: Longevity in shrews (Sorex ornatus)
Date: Thu, 9 Jan 1997 22:16:15 -0800
From: Jesus Maldonado <jesusm@lifesci.ucla.edu>
... with regards to your posting on the longevity of shrews; I kept a Sorex ornatus in captivity for 18 months. The shrew was a young female captured 6 May 1994 and died in November of 95. When I captured the animal I believe it was a young of the year judging from the pelage, weight (3.5gr) and tooth wear at the time of capture, perhaps born early in 1994. The same day I captured an old adult with dentition almost completely worn out and he only lived 3 months in captivity. This animals were fed a diet of predominantly mealworms and lean ground meat.
Jesus E. Maldonado
Department of Biology
405 Hilgard Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1606
4c) Re: Longevity in shrews (Sorex araneus)
Date: Mon, 13 Jan 1997 11:16:21 +0100 (MET)
From: Zdzislaw Pucek <zpucek@bison.zbs.bialowieza.pl>
Subject: Re: Longevity in Soricidae
You can find some data on longevity (survival) of Sorex araneus in captivity in my earlier paper: Pucek Z,, 1964: Morphological changes in shrews kept in captivity. Acta Theriologica 8: 137-166.
Yours sincerely, Z. Pucek
4d) Re: Longevity in shrews (South African species)
From: "Rod Baxter" <baxter@ufhcc.ufh.ac.za>
Organization: University of Fort Hare
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 1997 11:51:52 GMT+120
Longevity: the following are the records that I have of shrews surviving to over 600 days of age OR over 600 days in captivity.
Myosorex varius - 750 days in captivity
Crocidura flavescens - 610, 615, 645, 650, 673, 719 and 792 days old
" " - 708 and 782 days in captivity Obviously, the last age would be the oldest and the individual would have been over 800 days old.
Rod Baxter
e-mail: baxter@zoo.ufh.ac.za
Dept of Zoology
University of Fort Hare
P/Bag X1314 5700 Alice
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