ACTA THERIOLOGICA SINICA ›› 2019, Vol. 39 ›› Issue (2): 218-223.DOI: 10.16829/j.slxb.150224

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A new record of the Taiwanese gray shrew (Crocidura tanakae Kuroda, 1938) in Hubei Province

LEI Boyu, YUE Yang, CUI Jifa, JI Shengnan, YU Wenhua, HAN Wenbin, ZHOU Youbing   

  1. State Key Laboratory of Vegetation and Environmental Change, Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Online:2019-03-30 Published:2019-03-26


雷博宇 岳阳 崔继法 吉晟男 余文华 韩文斌 周友兵   

  1. 中国科学院植物研究所,植被与环境变化国家重点实验室
  • 通讯作者: 周友兵 E-mail:
  • 基金资助:
    湖北省兴山县哺乳动物多样性调查与评估和环保公益性行业科研专项 (201309039)

Abstract: In September 2017, five shrew specimens were collected in Xingshan county, Hubei province, central China. Being dark grey, each shrew specimen has small body size (71.72±3.49, 67.19-77.01 mm), and a long two-color tail (52.39±1.37, 53.11-53.22 mm) with obvious hair. The cranium is flat and slightly firm, having an evident herringbone ridge, with a blunt snout. The phylogenetic relationship was reconstructed by Bayesian inferences based on the mitochondrial cytochrome b gene sequence, combined with the homologous sequences of seven Crocidura species retrieved from NCBI database. In the phylogenetic tree, these individuals clustered with C. tanakae, and they combined into a monophyletic clade. Furthermore, they have the closest genetic distance with C. tanakae compared with the other species. According to the morphological and phylogenetic evidence, the collected specimens were identified as the Taiwanese grey shrew (C. tanakae), which were recorded for the first time in Hubei province, China. The sample sites in this study, located in the northmost distribution area of C. tanakae to date, covered diverse habitats, including farmland, deciduous broad-leaved forests, evergreen broad-leaved forests and shrubs. This discovery extends the previous species ranges to a larger scale and contributes profound implications for its biogeographic distribution.

Key words: Crocidura tanakae, Hubei Province, Zoogeography, First record

关键词: 台湾灰麝鼩, 湖北, 食虫类, 新纪录