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"SHREW TALK" - Vol. 1, No. 18 - 16 September 1997

SHREW TALK - 16 September 1997 - Vol. 1, No. 18
Number of Recipients: >232
Contents of this Issue
o Research
1. Shrew venom (Reply to Harold Kisang Kim, Shrew Talk 1/17)
2. Shrew molars & iron pigmentation (Reply to Bill Gardner, Shrew Talk 1/17)
o Miscellaneous
1. Shrew skulls
2. C. Dickman's e-mail
o Shrew Bibliography: New Papers
o What's New on the Shrew (ist's) Site
1. Photo of Sorex arizonae
2. Shrew skulls and skeletons
o Shrew Talk Instructions
1) Shrew venom (Reply to Harold Kisang Kim, Shrew Talk 1/17)
From: "KEITH A. CARSON" <kcarson@odu.edu>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 1997 13:05:39 EST
Subject: shrew venom
Harold, Your question is difficult to answer due to a lack of data on the chemical makeup of the venom and its target cells in the prey. However one could speculate that to be active the venom must enter the blood stream or the extracellular fluid in the immediate vicinity of the target cells. In the shrews, the venom in the saliva would normally be swallowed and enter the stomach where the acidic environment and digestive enzymes would break it down and deactivate it. Why wouldn't venom be absorbed through oral tissues and enter the blood stream? The venom molecule may be too large to move readily into the blood stream from the oral cavity (evidence suggests that the venom is a protein), or the shrew may have a protein in its blood that binds to the venom and inactivates it when it enters the shrews blood stream. Another possibility is that the venom is not present in the saliva at all times, but is only released into that fluid when the shrew attacks a prey. Any or all of these are possibilities, but only time and further research will clarify the situation.
Keith A. Carson, Ph.D. Department of Biological Sciences Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA 23529-0266 (757) 683-4737 FAX (757) 683-5283 _______________________________________________________________________
2) Shrew molars & iron pigmentation (Reply to Bill Gardner, Shrew Talk 1/17)
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 1997 09:14:04 -0700
From: Leslie Carraway <carver@proaxis.com>
Subject: reply: shrew molars & iron pigmentation
Bill Gardner:
I realize that the following paper is not in English, but it is the best place to start on this subject:
Dotsch, C., and W. v. Koenigswald. 1978. Zur Rotfarbung von Soricidenzahnen (On the reddish coloring of soricid teeth). Zeithschrift fur Saugetierkunde, 43:65-70.
Get out your dictionary.
1) Shrew skulls
Date: Sat, 06 Sep 1997 15:34:28 -0400
From: George Winters <george@global-expos.com>
Subject: Osteological Supplies
Organization: Global Expos
We would like to announce the Skulls Unlimited, One of the largest Osteological Supply Companies now has its catalog available online 24 hours a day. (...) Orders will be accepted from Museums and Universities. Orders can be shipped world-wide, limitations apply to all CITIES Protected Specimens. The site and catalog can be viewed at:
George Winters Global Expos
There is a link to Global Expos from The Shrew Site:
This new page aims to be a small exhibition of shrew skulls and skeletons. If anybody has photos or drawings in digital form that she/he would be willing to let me put up on the site, please contact me.
Thank you,
Werner Haberl - shrewbib@sorex.vienna.at _______________________________________________________________________
2) C. Dickman's e-mail
From: P.Stockley@liverpool.ac.uk (Paula Stockley)
Subject: e-mail query
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 1997 11:53:57 +0100
Dear Werner,
I wonder if you could possibly help me - I need to contact Chris Dickman (University of Sydney) fairly quickly via e-mail, and was wondering if you have the address on your list?
Thanks also for the shrew site - I enjoy receiving it very much and appreciate the time that you put in to running things. I also have a new shrew paper coming out soon and will send details for your bibliography and for posting on the site.
Many thanks in advance for your help,
Best wishes,
Dr. P. Stockley Population Biology Research Group School of Biological Sciences Nicholson Building University of Liverpool P.O. Box 147 Liverpool L69 3BX U.K.
tel: 0151 794 5121 fax: 0151 794 5094 e-mail: stockley@liv.ac.uk
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1. Photo of Sorex arizonae
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2. Shrew skulls and skeletons
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