Posts Tagged ‘Shrew’

Crocidura hikmiya, an endemic shrew from Sinharaja World Heritage Site

by on Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

A new endemic species of shrew, Crocidura hikmiya (Sinharaja Shrew) was recently described by us using molecular and morphological data, from the Sinharaja and Rakwana mountains of Sri Lanka. Its closest sister species is the Sri Lankan Long-tailed Shrew, another Sri Lankan crocidurine shrew that is restricted to the high-elevation habitats of the Central Highlands. C. hikmiya has a shorter tail than the Sri Lankan Long-tailed Shrew; most of the other characteristics that distinguish the two species are osteological in nature. Suyama led this research, with Madhava, Kelum, Rohan and Chris contributing.