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"SHREW TALK" - Vol. 1, No. 20 - 24 September 1997

SHREW TALK - 24 September 1997 - Vol. 1, No. 20
Number of Recipients: >234
Contents of this Issue
o Editorial
o Research
1. Re: Shrew venom ... lacking data
2. Shrews from Christmas Island
3. Energy Consumption of African and European Shrews
4. Collection of the Siberian Zoological Museum
o Shrew Bibliography: New Papers
o What's New on the Shrew (ist's) Site
o Shrew Talk Instructions
Dear Shrew-Fessionals and Shrew-Mateurs,
Some may have missed this editorial lately, others might have been relieved that it was left out... But here it is again.
The number of recent responses to certain postings on the newsletter indicates that the majority of you are back from your holidays or congress visits. It might also be a reflection of The Shrew Site having been mentioned in this month's issue of BBC Wildlife Magazine, as I was told.
From a letter in latest Shrew Talk I gathered that the Shrew Site is not *MY* site. There is some truth in this, since it is composed of a great number of contributions by many 'Shrewists'. Thank you. However, we could do better, I think. Any contributions (text, distribution maps, photos or illustrations of e.g. parasites, gene maps etc.) will be highly appreciated as long as it complies with copyright regulations.
The Site was rather successful in getting a few new shrewists, although a number of subscribers have left us: these were 'shrew-mateurs': This may be related to the fact that the newsletter shifted towards a more scientific viewpoint, although it was also intended to raise 'public awareness'. But, as I said: it is YOUR site...
Your's shrewly, Werner Haberl
1) Re: Shrew venom ... lacking data
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 1997 09:50:23 -0700 (PDT)
From: "lise.hanners" <lise.hanners@internetMCI.com>
Subject: Shrew Venom
Keith Carson responded to my request for information and said that very little work has been done on the toxic material in Blarina since the 1950's. He cited the Ellis and Krayer paper in J. Pharm. Exp. Therap. 114:127-37 (1955) as the best description of the chemical properties of the gland extracts. _______________________________________________________________________
2) Shrews from Christmas Island
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 1997 15:04:22
From: Paul Meek <panres@ozemail.com.au>
Dr Haberl
I have only today heard about your home page and was interested to see there is such an exhaustive amount of work that has gone into this concept....congratulations. I am a biologist working for the Australian government on Christmas Island, our agency is called Parks Australia and we manage several high profile Parks like Kakadu and Uluru .... you may have heard of them ?.
I am a wildlife biologist, in this instance concerned with the biology of shrews, particularly Crocidura. I am currently responsible for determining the status of an endangered Australian shrew (Crocidura attenuata trichura) that was thought to be extinct until 2 individuals were found in 1985. Since that time survey work has not reported a single animal. The Australian governement has stated that all endangered species must have a recovery plan in place by 1998 and as such I need to prepare a statement on this species' status. I have commenced the survey work this year but our primary focus is on the period of October through to June 1998.est.
Christmas Island is an external Territory and we are responsible for managing 63% of the island as well as marine and terrestrial wildlife habitat. I have responsiblity, as the Natural Resources Manager to initiate research projects that will assist us in managing our resources with the best in scientific advice. One of my projects is to determine the status of Australia's only shrew the Christmas Island Shrew Crocidura attenuata trichura a subspecies of Asia, (currently listed as endangered although strangely, not in the IUCN shrew book). This is not strange given our close proximity to Java (300km).
I have been emailing Peter Vogel who has been helpful and recently I spent 2 weeks in Peninsula Malaysia on a fact finding mission with the Malaysian National Park and Wildlife Department. I have been purposely trying to build a network of biologists with shrew experience to ensure I have been approaching our research on Island efficiently and effectively. I would love to be put on your SHREW TALK email list and be able to liaise with other shrewologists !.
Our research will formally commence this October and we hope to have some answers on whether Australia's only shrew is extant or extinct
I look forward to your reponse.
Paul Meek Natural Resources Manager Parks Australia North PO Box ZZZ Christmas Island, Indian Ocean phone (08) 91 648 409 fax (08) 91 648 755 _______________________________________________________________________
3) Energy Consumption of African and European Shrews
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 1997 14:29:52 +0200
From: John.Aeschimann@izea.unil.ch (John Aeschimann)
I have been working since a few years on a thesis dealing with the ecophysiology of shrews (maximal energy consumption of several African and European species) at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, under the direction of Prof. Vogel. I would therefore be very interested in joining the Shrew talk news group, as well as having my name added to the Shrewists on E-mail list. Here are some informations:
John Aeschimann # Institut de Zoologie et Ecologie Animale # Université de Lausanne # CH-1015 Lausanne # Switzerland # jaeschim@izea.unil.ch # shrew ecophysiology
I thank you very much for holding this forum, as well as for your very interesting Web site.
Yours faithfully
John Aeschimann
John Aeschimann Institut de Zoologie et Ecologie Animale Universite de Lausanne Batiment de Biologie CH-1015 LAUSANNE
Tel.: 021/ 692.41.88
4) Collection of the Siberian Zoological Museum
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 1997 12:28:54 +0900
From: "Koyasu, Kazuhiro" <koyasu@dpc.aichi-gakuin.ac.jp>
Subject: Re: *SHREW*: Ex-Soviet Shrew References & Bibliography
Dear Werner,
(...) We already published "Catalogue of the collection of mammals in the Siberian Zoological Museum (Novosibirsk, Russia)" with Elena I. Zholnerovskaya of the Siberian Zoological Museum. (...)
Although one of the largest zoological museums in Russia, the Siberian Zoological Museum is one of the least well-known, despite the fact that in 1994 it celebrated its 50th anniversary. It is a department of the Institute of Systematics and Ecology of Animals, part of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (formerly the Biological Institute of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences). Only three museums in Russia have more than 100,000 mammal specimens: Leningrad, Moscow and Novosibirsk (Rossolimo, 1985; Zholnerovskaya, 1992, 1995; Mordkovich and Zholnerovskaya, 1995; Zholnerovskaya and Mordkovich, 1996)*. The Siberian theriological collection is one of the thirteen largest collections in the world (Angermann, 1989; Genoways and Schlitter, 1982). It includes over 273 identified species, representative of the fauna of Siberia and to a lesser extent other parts of the former USSR. For some species, data is also available from Western Europe, Western and Central Asia, Mongolia, Japan, Africa, and other areas. The museum's collection is composed of archived materials, and is not on display. The composition of the inventory is shown in the table supplied. It can be seen that about 70% are mammal species of the fauna of what was formerly the USSR, the bulk of which are accounted for by lypotyphlans (51,000 specimens). Created through the efforts of S.U. Stroganov and B.S. Yudin, this section of the collection is possibly the best in Russia. The materials in the collection have been arranged in series reflecting geographi-cal, individual, sex, age and coat color variation. The type collection is represented by 69 specimens, including 20 holotypes and 49 paratypes of species and subspecies (Yudin and Zolotarenko, 1970).
KOYASU, Kazuhiro the 2nd Department of Anatomy phone:(+81)52-751-2561 ext.356 Aichi-Gakuin University fax: (+81)52-752-5988 Kusumoto, Nagoya 464, Japan email:koyasu@dpc.aichi-gakuin.ac.jp
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