Mammalian Biology

, Volume 68, Issue 4, pp 193–204 | Cite as

A review of the systematics and distribution of Asiatic short-tailed shrews, genus Blarinella (Mammalia: Soricidae)

  • X. L. JiangEmail author
  • Y. X. Wang
  • R. S. Hoffmann
Original investigation


The systematics and distribution of Asiatic short-tailed shrews (genus Blarinella) are confused. In this study, a taxonomic revision of Blarinella is presented. We investigated a sample of 98 specimens, 84 of which had complete skulls that were subjected to multivariate and univariate analyses. The results show that three species of Blarinella can be recognized. The species Blarinella quadraticauda occurs in Baoxin, Wenchuan, Daofu, and other localities in western Sichuan. Blarinella griselda and B. wardi, usually placed as subspecies of B. quadraticauda, are recognized as two valid species. The former has a wide distribution from southern Gansu to southern Yunnan, and northwestern Yunnan to northwestern Hubei. The latter is restricted in northern Burma and northwestern Yunnan. The range of B. quadraticauda does not overlap that of B. wardi, while the range of B. griselda partially overlaps that of B. wardi and probably includes the entire range of B. quadraticauda.


Blarinella taxonomy multivariate analysis distribution 

Revision der Systematik und Verbreitung asiatischer Kurzschwanzspitzmäuse der Gattung Blarinella (Mammalia: Soricidae)


Systematik und Verbreitung asiatischer Kurzschwanzspitzmäuse (Gattung Blarinella) sind bisher unvollständig bekannt. In diesem Beitrag wird eine taxonomische Revision der Gattung präsentiert. Die Autoren untersuchten eine Stichprobe von 98 Exemplaren, von denen 84 vollständige Schädel aufwiesen, die multivariaten und univariaten Analysen unterworfen wurden. Die Ergebnisse zeigen, daß drei Arten unterschieden werden können. Blarinella quadraticauda kommt im westlichen Sechuan vor. Blarinella griselda und B. wardi, gewöhnlich als Unterarten von B. quadraticauda angesehen, werden als valide Arten bewertet. Die erste hat eine weite Verbreitung vom südlichen Gansu bis zum Süden Yunnans, sowie vom Nordwesten Yunnans bis zum nordwestlichen Hubei. Letztere kommt ausschließlich im Norden Burmas und im Nordwesten Yunnans vor. Das Areal von B. quadraticauda überschneidet sich nicht mit dem von B. wardi, während das Areal von B. griselda sich teilweise mit dem von B. wardi überlappt und wahrscheinlich das gesamte Areal von B. quadraticauda einschließt.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kunming Institute of ZoologyChinese Academy of SciencesKunming YunnanP.R. China
  2. 2.Division of MammalsNational Museum of Natural HistoryWashingtonUSA

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