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"SHREW TALK" - Vol. 2, No. 22 - 27 November 1998

SHREW TALK - 27 November 1998 - Vol. 2, No. 22
Number of Recipients: > 461
Contents of this Issue
o Research
1. Cryptotis Bibliography (Frank J. Dirrigl Jr.)
2. Sex characteristics of Sorex cinereus and Blarina brevicauda? (Jim Milks)
3. Shrew sexual maturity question (Kathy Morgan)
4. Sorex abundance estimates (Shawn Smallwood)
5. Ugglan Special Traps (Werner Haberl)
o Congress Announcements
1. Symposium: The Ecology and Management of Dead Wood in Western Forests
o Shrew-Mateur
1. Public impression of shrews: "The Killer Shrews"
2. Shrew from cat
o The Shrew Bibliography: New Papers / Books
1. New references: Haukisalmi, Voitto and Henttonen, Heikki 1998
o Introductions: New members
o Shrew Talk Instructions
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o RESEARCH
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1) Cryptotis Bibliography (Frank J. Dirrigl Jr.)
From: fdirrigl@m5.sprynet.com
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 1998 14:55:26 -0500
Unfortunately, Mammalian Species has decided not to accept updates of previously published shrew species accounts. For years, I have gathered references on Cryptotis, specifically Cryptotis parva, with the intent of providing an updated/revised version.
I am in the process of reviewing all my files, and I would be interested in receiving any information on people involved in Cryptotis research and published/unpublished reports. I would also be glad to share information with anyone as my Cryptotis bibliography increases.
Frank J. Dirrigl Jr., Ph.D.
Department of Anthropology U-158 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT 06269-2158 fdirrigl@sprynet.com
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2) Sex characteristics of Sorex cinereus and Blarina brevicauda? (Jim Milks)
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 1998 12:20:51 -0500
From: "Jim Milks" <jmilks@andrews.edu>
Does anyone have references on the sex characteristics of Sorex cinereus and Blarina brevicauda? I have several frozen specimens that I need to differentiate based on sex for a statistical test. Thank you for your help.
Jim Milks
James R. Milks Dept. Tel: (616)471-3243 Graduate Student Dept. Fax: (616)471-6911 Biology Department WWW: http://www.biol.andrews.edu/ Andrews University E-mail: jmilks@andrews.edu Berrien Springs, MI 49104 ICQ #: 14477315
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(Note by Editor: Dissect them. - The uteri and penis + testes in young shrews are small but present!...(W.H.))
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3) Shrew sexual maturity question (Kathy Morgan)
Date: Wed, 18 Nov 1998 20:38:21 -0500
From: Kathleen Morgan <kmorgan@wheatonma.edu>
Organization: Wheaton College Subject: Shrew Sexual Maturity Question
I was referred to you by folks in the Shrew Chat room. I am looking for information on a phenomenon I have been told about involving musk shrews. It appears that females become sexually receptive at puberty because of interactions with males. Can you tell me more about this socially activated sexual maturity, or direct me to the appropriate literature?
Thanks!
Dr. Kathy Morgan kmorgan@wheatonma.edu
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(Note by Editor: The E. Rissman references were fwd by the SB ...(W.H.))
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4) Sorex abundance estimates (Shawn Smallwood)
Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 16:19:52 -0800
From: Kenneth Shawn Smallwood <puma@DAVIS.COM>
Subject: Sorex abundance estimates
I am searching for estimates of abundance or estimates of density for species in the Family Soricidae. I would appreciate references of published and unpublished papers that report on shrew density or shrew abundance. Should you know of reports that I am not likely to find in the library, I'd really appreciate receiving copies in the post. I could arrange payment for the cost of copying and postage.
My criteria for including shrew abundance estimates in my study include the following:
1. The size of the study area needs to be reported along with the abundance estimate(s); 2. the estimate needs to have been made specifically for the study area, and not extrapolated from a smaller area or from another location.
If you can assist my search, then please correspond directly with me, so as to avoid clogging the list. My email is puma@davis.com and my mailing address is 109 Luz Place, Davis, CA 95616 USA.
Thank you, Shawn Smallwood
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5) Ugglan Special Traps (Werner Haberl)
I would like to express my gratitude to those who recommended me the Ugglan livetraps some months ago on this list (...thanks Heikki H., Brent D., John B.). They work perfectly, even for small shrews like Sorex minutus.
Werner <shrewbib@sorex.vienna.at>
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o CONGRESS ANNOUNCEMENTS
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1) Symposium: The Ecology and Management of Dead Wood in Western Forests
From: Brad Valentine <Brad_Valentine@fire.ca.gov>
Date: Fri, 20 Nov 1998 17:29:13 -0800
Symposium Announcement: The Ecology and Management of Dead Wood in Western Forests
Dead trees, both snags and logs, are critical elements of healthy and productive forests. They contribute to forests by mediating soil recruitment and loss, affecting water retention and movement, releasing minerals and nutrients for plants living nearby, and providing habitat for a myriad of species including fungi, arthropods, and vertebrates. Forest management, including timber harvest and fire suppression, alters the natural demographic processes of dead wood in forests. (SNIP) Development of effective site- and regionally-appropriate management recommendations requires better knowledge about the process of decay and other ecological attributes of dead wood, and the interactions of dead wood with other forests resources. To facilitate and encourage this collection and dissemination of information, a major conference covering dead wood ecology and management will be held November 2-4, 1999. Objectives of the conference are to bring together forest researchers and managers to share the current state of knowledge relative to the (1) values and interactions of dead wood to, and in a functioning forest, (2) biology and processes of tree mortality, snag deterioration, and down log deterioration, and (3) the development of effective management guidelines. Proceedings will be published.
Dates: November 2-4, 1999 (Abstracts due May 1, 1999) Place: Reno, Nevada
For registration information, contact:
Bill Hull Western Section of The Wildlife Society Post Office Box 21638 Oakland, CA 94620-1638 (510) 465-4962 whull@cgbd.org
For more information, contact: Brad Valentine California Department of Forestry 135 Ridgway Street Santa Rosa, CA 95401 (707) 576-2937 Brad_Valentine@FIRE.CA.GOV
OR
Bill Laudenslayer USFS - Pacific Southwest Research Station 2081 East Sierra Avenue Fresno, CA 93710 (209) 487-5197 BLAUDY/PSW_FRESNO@FS.FED.US
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o SHREW-MATEUR
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1) Public impression of shrews: "The Killer Shrews"
Date: Fri, 20 Nov 1998 08:18:54 -0800
From: William Pruitt <pruittjr@cc.UManitoba.CA>
Organization: University of Manitoba
Subject: public impression of shrews
Ron Safsten: In response to your inquiry regarding public impression of shrews, here is a suggestion: One reason might be a 1969 film "The Killer Shrews" directed by Ray Kellogg. It is on VHS video and most video rental shops carry it. It is awful; so bad that it is good, proper campy. If you have never seen it, do so.
Regards, W. O. Pruitt, Jr. Department of Zoology University of Manitoba Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada R3T 2N2 pruittjr@cc.umanitoba.ca
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(Note by Editor: Take a look at the Killer Shrew section on the Shrew "Leisure" Website...(W.H.))
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2) Shrew from cat
From: samanthalynn86@webtv.net (samantha gelarden)
Date: Thu, 26 Nov 1998 16:00:33 -0500 (EST)
Please help! We rescued a shrew from a cat in our yard. It is charcoal colored and fine haired. It measures 4 in. from tip of nose to end of tail. We have absolutley no knowledge on this cute little animal. Is it a baby? Should we just let it go in the yard, or was it taken from a nest and will be unable to survive away from it? What should we do to ensure it's survival? I gathered from messages found on your website that I could feed it ground purina cat chow, but everything else seemed so complex! Any advice?
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o SHREW BIBLIOGRAPHY: New Papers
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“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.
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1) New references
From: "Heikki Henttonen" <heikki.henttonen@metla.fi> Organization: Mets{ntutkimuslaitos Date: Wed, 18 Nov 1998 12:39:37 +0200
Below a reference to our new paper on shrew helminths
Haukisalmi, Voitto and Henttonen, Heikki 1998. Analysing interspecific associations in parasites: alternative methods and effects of sampling heterogeneity. - Oecologia 116:565-574.
Sincerely
Heikki Henttonen
Vantaa Research Centre Forest Research Institute POB 18, FIN-01301 Vantaa Finland phone 358-9-85705477 mobile 358-40-5219451 fax 358-9-8572575 e-mail: Heikki.Henttonen@metla.fi
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o INTRODUCTIONS: New Members
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Cheryl Quade <cheryl.quade@wadnr.gov> Washington Department of Natural Resources P.O. Box 47014 Olympia, WA 98504 USA
Kathleen Morgan <kmorgan@wheatonma.edu> Wheaton College
Richard McKown <rmcknown@cvm.tamu.edu>
Kenneth Shawn Smallwood <puma@davis.com> 109 Luz Place, Davis, CA 95616 USA
Christine Maguire <maguirec@ccmail.orst.edu>
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