Diplomesodon sonnerati Cheke, 2018
Taxonomy & Nomenclature
Synonym/s: Diplomesodon sonnerati Cheke, 2012:96
Pondicherry (formerly Puducherry), southern India
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).
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]
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.