Crocidura pasha, Dollman, 1915

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 : 521

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Crocidura pasha


355. View Plate 23: Soricidae

Sahelian Tiny White-toothed Shrew

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French: Crocidure pacha / German: Kleine Sahel-Weif 3zahnspitzmaus / Spanish: Musarana diminuta de Sahel

Other common names: Pasha Shrew, Sahelian Tiny Shrew

Taxonomy. Crocidrua pasha Dollman, 1915 ,

“ Atbara R[iver] ., Sudan.”

Crocidura pasha is similar to C. nana and C. nanilla , although phylogenetic relationships of C. pasha to other Crocidura are uncertain. Monotypic.

Distribution. NE Mali, EC & SE Sudan, SE South Sudan, and NE Ethiopia. There is also a record from ancient Egypt in Thebes where a mummified individual has recently been identified, although status of the species there is uncertain considering no individuals have been observed there in recent times. View Figure

Descriptive notes. Head—body 42-50 mm, tail 29-38 mm, ear 5-8 mm, hindfoot 75 9 mm. No specific data are available for body weight. The Sahelian Tiny White-toothed Shrew is very small. Dorsal pelage is cinnamon, mottled with gray, and ventral pelage is white. Feet are whitish buff. Tail is ¢.70% of head-body length, finely haired, covered with longer white bristle hairs throughout, and bicolored, being cinnamon brown above and whitish below. Skull is flattened, and sides of braincase are somewhat less parallel and more convex; teeth are small; second unicuspid is slightly smaller in horizontal section than third unicuspid; third unicuspid is moderately narrow; and talonid of M,is a single cusp. There are three unicuspids.

Habitat. Sudan and Sahelian savannas. The Sahelian Tiny White-toothed Shrew is thought to be a resilient.

Food and Feeding. No information.

Breeding. No information.

Activity patterns. No information.

Movements, Home range and Social organization. No information.

Status and Conservation. Classified as Least Concern on The IUCN Red List. The Sahelian Tiny White-toothed Shrew is rarely captured and known from a few scattered populations over a wide distribution, although it is common in Adrar des Iforas Massif in north-western Mali. It is found in largely uninhabited regions and occurs in Awash National Park in Ethiopia. It currently faces no known threats.

Bibliography. Cassola (2016ar), Churchfield & Jenkins (2013g), Dobigny et al. (2001), Hutterer & Kock (1983), Woodman et al. (2017), Yalden et al. (1996).














Crocidura pasha

Russell A. Mittermeier & Don E. Wilson 2018

Crocidrua pasha

Dollman 1915
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