Chinese shorttailed shrew

Blarinella quadraticauda

TAXONOMY

Blarinella quadraticauda (Milne-Edwards, 1872), Sichuan, China. OTHER COMMON NAMES

French: Musaraigne a queue courte de Chine; German: Asiatische Kurzschwanzspitzmaus.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Head and body length 2.4-3.2 in (6.0-8.2 cm); tail 1.2-2.4 in (3-6 cm). Fur is brown-gray with lighter underside. Large claws; short, thin tail; and no visible ears.

DISTRIBUTION

The tribe Blarinini is at present confined in distribution to East Asia, but it also has an extensive fossil record from Europe and North America. At present, endemic to central and southern China.

HABITAT

It is only found in montane taiga forest. BEHAVIOR

A fossorial species with adaptations for burrowing.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Nothing is known.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Nothing is known.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened, though restricted endemic distribution. Included in the Conservation Action Plan for the Eurasian Insectivores (IUCN).

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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