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Diplomesodon sonnerati Cheke, 2018

Sonnerat's shrew

 

 

Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Diplomesodon sonnerati Cheke, 2012:96

 

Conservation Status

 

 

Distribution

Pondicherry (formerly Puducherry), southern India

 

Biology

Sonnerat's shrew (Diplomesodon sonnerati) is a hypothetical species of shrew which was described by Pierre Sonnerat (after whom the species is named) in his unfinished manuscript Nouveau voyage aux Indes (1814). He noted that it was almost completely black, with only a large white band on its back, and of exceptional size for a shrew (5 1/2 inches long).

 

Hypodigm

 

 

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References

Original scientific description:

Cheke, Anthony S. and Hume, Julian Pender. (2018). The Réunion Fody and Sonnerat’s Shrew and the validity of scientifically naming animals described without physical types. Zootaxa 4382(3): 592-600. [Abstract]

 

Other references:

Cheke, Anthony S. (2012). Sonnerat's shrew-evidence for a new and possibly extinct species in an early 19th century manuscript (Mammalia: Soricidae). Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 108(2): 95-97.

https://extinctanimals.proboards.com/thread/15999/diplomesodon-sonnerati-sonnerats-shrew

 

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