Crocidura jenkinsi, Chakraborty, 1978

Russell A. Mittermeier & Don E. Wilson, 2018, Soricidae, Handbook of the Mammals of the World – Volume 8 Insectivores, Sloths and Colugos, Barcelona: Lynx Edicions, pp. 332-551 : 494

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Jenkins’s White-toothed Shrew

Crocidura jenkinsi View in CoL

French: Crocidure de Jenkins / German: Jenkins-WeiRRzahnspitzmaus / Spanish: Musarana de Jenkins

Other common names: Jenkin's Andaman Spiny Shrew, Jenkins Shrew

Taxonomy. Crocidura jenkinsi Chakraborty, 1978 View in CoL ,

Wright Myo , South Andaman Island , Andaman Islands , India.

Crocidura jenkinsi is sympatric with C. anda- manensis on Mount Harriet. Relationships of the four species of Crocidura recorded from Andaman Islands and Nicobar Island warrant additional taxonomic investigation. Monotypic.

Distribution. Known only from the type locality and Mount Harriet National Park,

South Andaman I. View Figure

Descriptive notes. Head-body 100-107 mm, tail 92-96 mm, hindfoot 23-26 mm. No specific data are available for body weight. Dorsal pelage of Jenkins’s White-toothed Shrew is gray to gray brown and semi-spinous, with hairs 7-9 mm long. Venter is paler gray-brown, and pelage is slightly less bristly on flanks and venter than dorsum. Tailis brown and 89-96% of head-body length, with sparse long bristle hairs over basal onehalf ofits length. Feet are brown.

Habitat. Leaf litter in primary tropical moist deciduous forest at elevations up to 383 m. Three Jenkins’s White-toothed Shrews were collected in forest, but one specimen was collected in the Forest Guest House in Mount Harriet National Park.

Food and Feeding. No information.

Breeding. No information.

Activity patterns. Three Jenkins’s White-toothed Shrews were collected in traps set overnight. It is assumed to be nocturnal but might be active intermittently day and night.

Movements, Home range and Social organization. Potential predators of Jenkins’s White-toothed Shrews include snakes, the Andaman scops-owl (Otus balli), and the Andaman Masked Palm Civet (Paguma larvata tytlerii).

Status and Conservation. Classified as Critically Endangered on The IUCN Red List. Jenkins’s White-toothed Shrew is known from a single small island, estimated maximum area of occupancy is only 78 km?, there are continuing declines in extent and quality of its habitat due to anthropogenic activities, and population trend is decreasing.

Bibliography. Chakraborty (1978), Corbet & Hill (1992), Das (1999), Molur (2016f), Molur et al. (2005).














Crocidura jenkinsi

Russell A. Mittermeier & Don E. Wilson 2018

Crocidura jenkinsi

Chakraborty 1978
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