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"SHREW TALK" - Vol. 1, No. 22 - 10 November 1997

SHREW TALK - 10 November 1997 - Vol. 1, No. 22
Number of Recipients: >251
Contents of this Issue
o Editorial
o Research
1. Endangered Crocidura attenuata trichura of Christmas Island
2. Seeking tissue from Sorex merriami
3. Ugandan shrews
4. References on Crocidura allex, fumosa, luna, turba, olivieri
o Introductions and Reintroductions
1. Julie Fuller: Small mammal survey at Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge
2. Marc W. Allard: Insectivore systematics
3. Robert Griffin
4. Chris Dickman
o Miscellaneous
1. Re: Collection of the Siberian Zoological Museum
2. Shrew with prey: Photo request
3. Sorex cinereus or S. palustris: Photo request
o Shrew Bibliography: New Papers / Books
1. Opossums, Shrews and Moles of British Columbia
2. Karyotypic status of shrews (Sorex) from Thrace
3. A new species of shrew from Alaska
4. Small mammals on one-year set-aside
5. Catalogue of the collection in the Siberian Zoological Museum
6. A phylogeny of some taxa of masked shrews (Sorex cinereus)
o What's New on the Shrew (ist's) Site
1. Shrew Conference Hall / Chat
o Shrew Talk Instructions
Dear Shrew-Fessionals and Shrew-Mateurs,
It's been a while since last Shrew Talk. A lot of mail has accumulated during my absence and will be covered in the next two issues. The web-site's number of hits has soared up lately and I missed to congratulate the 5000th visitor. The cold winter evenings will be spent updating the site and finally adding the many new photos, I've been promising for some time. Please remember to not only read the newsletter, but to exchange information with the colleagues that have special queries.
Your's shrewly, Werner Haberl
1) Endangered Crocidura attenuata trichura of Christmas Island
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 1997 11:29:36
From: Paul Meek <panres@ozemail.com.au>
Hi Werner
Australia is actively trying to build rapport with our Asian neighbours in the field of conservation under the auspices of a program called ENVIRONMENTAL COOPERATION WITH ASIA PROGRAM (ECAP). Recently I was fortunate to spend 8 days in Peninsula Malaysia with staff of the Malaysian National Park and Wildlife Department. The staff of this organisation would like to expand their knowledge bases and could benefit from the shrew forum, could you please put Mr Azmin Mohd Rashdi on the shrew talk mailing list at kp@jphltn.sains.my
I am also interested to talk to anyone who has been involved in shrew husbandry. As a part of our plans to find the endangered Crocidura attenuata trichura of Christmas Island we would like to develop a contingency plan for captive breeding with the Perth Zoo in West. Australia. The husbandry staff of the zoo would like to hear anything about shrew husbandry to help us make plans.
Thank you
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
2) Seeking tissue from Sorex merriami
From: "Lee Simons" <lnlsimons@snowcrest.net>
Subject: Re: shrew Talk
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 1997 12:51:59 -0700
I am seeking tissue from Sorex merriami suitable for sequencing to be used in assessing evolutionary relationships between certain members of the subgenus Sorex, including Sorex arizonae, Sorex trowbridgii, and S. merriami. Other members of the subgenus (S. arcticus, S. saussurei, S. vertralis, S. emarginatus, and the recently described S.yukonicus) would also be useful (though probably not available anywhere?). Any assistance will be gratefully acknowledged. Thank you!
Lee H. Simons 913 Shasta Ave. Yreka, CA 96097-3115 (916) 841-1905 lnlsimons@snowcrest.net
3) Ugandan shrews
From: u01pj@abdn.ac.uk
Subject: Shrew Talk
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 1997 16:00:27 +0000 (GMT)
I did research work in Uganda on small mammals as well as shrews using Sherman mammal traps. Found 5 Species of shrews out of 24 captures, of which one species, Crocidura allex hasn't been found in Uganda at all yet.
I am a 4th year student at Aberdeen University, Scotland. The research work I did in Uganda on small mammals with particular interest on shrews will be my final year thesis. The problem with the 5 spp of shrews I caught is that I hardly can find any literature on them, the species being all of the genus Crocidura (allex, fumosa, luna, turba, olivieri). I was therefore wondering if anyone could help me out with finding few references on these particular species. Pascale Juch Zoology Student Aberdeen University
4) References on Crocidura allex, fumosa, luna, turba, olivieri
From: W. Haberl - shrewbib@sorex.vienna.at
Dear Pascale,
A few references on these species from 'The Shrew Bibliography'. I hope they are useful for you.
Best wishes, Werner
  • 660 Butler, P.M., R.S. Thorpe, M. Greenwood 1989 Interspecific relations of African crocidurine shrews (Mammalia: Soricidae) based on multivariate analysis of mandibular data. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 96(4): 373-412. English
  • 886 Corbet, G.B., J.E. Hill 1991 A world list of mammalian species. 3rd ed. British Museum (Natural History), Natural History Museum Publ. and London and Oxford Univ. Press, Oxford, Ney York. Shrews: 272 species
  • 913 Crawford-Cabral, J. 1987 (1989) The taxonomic status of Crocidura nigricans Bocage, 1889 (Mammalia, Insectivora). Garcia de Orta Serie de Zoologia 14(1): 3-12. English
  • 1088 Dieterlen, F., H. Heim de Balsac 1979 Zur Ökologie und Taxonomie der Spitzmäuse (Soricidae) des Kivu-Gebietes. Säugetierkundliche Mitteilungen 27 (4): 241-287. German; English summ.
  • 1099 Dippenaar, N.J. 1980 A taxonomic revision of the monax-dolichura, luna-fumosa, glassi and zaodon-poensis complexes of Afrotropical Crocidura (Mammalia: Soricidae). Unpublished Ph.D. Thesis, Univ. Natal, Pietermaritzburg, 814 pp.
  • 1101 Dippenaar, N.J., J.A.J. Meester 1989 Revision of the luna-fumosa complex of Afrotropical Crocidura Wagler, 1832 (Mammalia: Soricidae). Annals of the Transvaal Museum 35(1): 1-47. English
  • 1648 Genoud, M., P. Vogel 1990 Energy requirements during reproduction and reproductive effort in shrews (Soricidae). Journal of Zoology (London) 220(1): 41-60. English
  • 1839 Grünwald, A., F.P. Möhres 1974 Beobachtungen zur Jugendentwicklung und Karawanenbildung bei Weisszahnspitzmäusen (Soricidae-Crocidurinae). Z. Säugetierk. 39: 321-337. 2373 Hutterer, R. 1994 Shrews of ancient Egypt: Biogeographical interpretation of a new species. Pp. 407-414. In: J.F. Merritt, G.L. Kirkland Jr., R.K. Rose (eds.). Advances in the Biology of Shrews. Carnegie Museum of Natural History Special Publication no. 18, x + 458 pp.
  • 2804 Kleinebeckel, D., P. Vogel 1991 Frequency of shivering in shrews. Pfuegers Archiv, European J. Physiology 418(Suppl. 1): R55. 69th Meeting of the Deutsche Physiologische Gesellschaft (German Physiological Society), Freiburg, Germany, March 5-8, 1991. English
  • 3276 Maddalena, T. 1990 Systematics and biogeography of Afrotropical and Palaearctic shrews of the genus Crocidura (Insectivora: Soricidae): An electrophoretic approach. Pp. 297-308. In: Peters, G., R. Hutterer (eds.). Vertebrates in the tropics. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Vertebrate Biogeography and Systematics in the Tropics. Museum Alexander Koenig, Bonn, June 5-8, 1989. 424 pp.
  • 3282 Maddalena, T., P. Vogel, W.N. Verheyen 1989 The African giant shrews: taxonomy and relationships. Fifth International Theriological Congress, Rome, 22.8-29.8.1989. Abstract of Papers and Posters, Vol. II.: 674.
  • 3284 Maddelena, T., C. Maddelena (Crocidura fusconurina, C. luna, C. nigrofusca, C. olivieri, C. therseae, C. viaria, C. beatus, C. lusitania). Unpublished data (cited in Innes, 1994).
  • 3285 Maddelena, T., P. Vogel (Crocidura olivieri, C. poensis, C. bottegi, C. jouveneta). Unpublished data (cited in Innes, 1994).
  • 3753 Myrcha, A. 1966 Zur Nahrung von Crocidura luna Dollmann, 1910. Säugetierk. Mitt. 14: 228-229.
  • 4456 Reumer, J.W.F., A. Meylan 1986 New developments in vertebrate cytotaxonomy. IX. Chromosome numbers in the order Insectivora (Mammalia). Genetica 70 (2): 119-151.
  • 4975 Shore, R.F., S.D. Garbett 1991 (1992) Notes on the small mammals of the Shira Plateau, Mt. Kilimanjaro. Mammalia 55(4): 601-607. English; French summ.
  • 5645 Verschuren, J., J.A.J. Meester 1977 Note sur les Soricidae (Insectivora) du Nimba libérien. Mammalia 41: 291-299. 5959 Yalden, D.W. 1988 Small mammals of the Bale Mountains, Ethiopia. African Journal of Ecology 26(4): 281-294. English; French summ.
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    1) Julie Fuller: Small mammal survey at Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge
    On 16.10.97 06:57
    From: Julie Fuller (jfuller@selway.umt.edu)
    My project: to do a survey of small mammals and rodents at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge.
    My education: I am a freshman at the University of Montana at Missoula. I am from Omaha, Nebraska where I worked as a zoo keeper and as the head of a pet department in a garden/nursery/petcare center.
    I am interested in shrew identification guides and effective shrew capturing data. I will be using sunken coffee can traps unless there is an easier way.
    2) Marc W. Allard: Insectivore systematics
    Date: Fri, 3 Oct 1997 10:54:03 -0400 (EDT)
    From: Marc W Allard <mwallard@gwis2.circ.gwu.edu>
    A little about my work on shrews.
    I am very interested in studying the higher level systematics of Insectivores. I am currently funded by a National Science Foundation, Systematic Biology, grant to study the Systematics of the Lipotyphlan Insectivores, An early lineage of placental mammals. This is primarily molecular systematics and will be an active project in my laboratory for the next couple of years.
    Marc W. Allard Louis Weintraub Assistant Professor of Biology
    343 Lisner Hall Dept. of Biological Sciences The George Washington University Washington DC 20052
    Tel 202-994-7065 FAX 202-994-6100
    3) Robert Griffin
    From: "Robert Griffin" <r-griffin1@onu.edu>
    Date: Wed, 15 Oct 1997 00:42:50 -0400
    I am a biology/english major at Ohio Northern University, and last weekend I went with one of the biology professors to check some traps he had. There were seventy-eight traps, and eighteen contained B. brevicauda, which he tells me is quite a few for the middle of the afternoon. Since then I has been wanting to learn more about shrews, and that is how I happened upon your site. If I could be included on the mailing list for the digest, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.
    robert griffin biology(field)/english(writing) park hall ada, OH 45810 (419)772-1525 r-griffin1@onu.edu
    4) Chris Dickman
    Date: Wed, 15 Oct 1997 11:13:52 +1000
    From: Chris Dickman <cdickman@bio.usyd.edu.au>
    Dear Werner,
    Although I do not work much on shrews directly any more, I am still interested to be on the Newsletter mailing lists. I still have some results on Shrews to write up-being up to date with current research will help.
    Thanks and best wishes,
    Chris Dickman
    1) Re: Collection of the Siberian Zoological Museum (Reply to SHREW TALK: Vol. 1, No. 20 + 21)
    Date: Wed, 8 Oct 1997 13:16:10 +0900
    From: "Koyasu, Kazuhiro" <koyasu@dpc.aichi-gakuin.ac.jp>
    Subject: Re: SHREW TALK: Vol. 1, No. 20 - 24 September 1997
    Dear Dr. Dahlmann,
    Thank you for your interest in our Catalogue. Yes, I will send it free to all the Libraries or Museums that want to house it permanently. If you can use any Library or Museum, please let me know where I should send the catalogue. If not, you can also buy it for your own, but it cost 50USD or 5,000 Japanese Yen. Any person can request me directly through email.
    Best wishes,
    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
    2) Shrew with prey: Photo request
    Date: Mon, 03 Nov 1997 09:10:54
    Subject: Re: photo request
    The National Zoo is in search of photos for use in our new lion/tiger exhibit. We need a pygmy shrew or other predatory shrew, preferably with prey and a star-nosed mole, again with prey.
    Please contact Kate Headline in the Office of Exhibits at: KHEADLINE@NZP.SI.EDU or 202-673-4881
    3) Sorex cinereus or S. palustris: Photo request
    Date: Wed, 5 Nov 1997 22:30:28 -0700 (MST)
    From: THOMAS RYON <trryon@ouray.cudenver.edu>
    Subject: photos of shrews
    I was in need of a photo (electronic version if possible) for a presentation. Sorex cinereus or Sorex palustris?
    Any help or possibilities would be nice.
    Please respond to me at:
    Thank you Thomas Ryon
    “The Shrew Bibliography” 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) Nagorsen, D.W. 1996. Opossums, Shrews and Moles of British Columbia. (Royal British Columbia Museum handbook: The Mammals of British Columbia, Vol. 2). UBC Press, Vancouver. 169 pp.
  • 2) Zima, J., L. Slivkova, M. Andreas, P. Benda, A. Reiter. 1997. Karyotypic status of shrews (Sorex) from Thrace, European Turkey. Zeitschrift fuer Saeugetierkunde 62 (5): 315-317.
  • 3) Dokuchaev, N.E. 1997. A new species of shrew (Soricidae, Insectivora) from Alaska. J. of Mammalogy 78 (3): 811-817.
  • 4) Tattersall, F.H., D.W. MacDonald, W.J. Manley, S. Gates, R. Feber, B.J. Hart. 1997. Small mammals on one-year set-aside. Acta Theriologica 42 (3): 329-334.
  • 5) Zholnerovskaya, E.I., K. Koyasu. (S.-I. Oda, Ed.). 1997. Catalogue of the collection of mammals in the Siberian Zoological Museum (Novosibirsk, Russia). Nagoya Society of Mammalogists Special Publication No. 1, Nagoya, Japan. 3 + 191 pp.
  • 6) Stewart, D.T., A.J. Baker. 1997. A phylogeny of some taxa of masked shrews (Sorex cinereus) based on mitochondrial-DNA, D-loop sequences. J. of Mammalogy 78 (2): 361-376.
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