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Pygmy Shrews In Ireland Are Threatened By Greater White-toothed Shrew Invasion
2014-06-24 03:04:30

University College Dublin An invading species of shrew first discovered in Ireland in the pellets of barn owls and kestrels in 2007 is spreading across the landscape at a rate of more than five kilometers a year, according to findings published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE. University College Dublin scientists who conducted the study say that the invading species, the greater white-toothed shrew (Crocidura russula) is capable of colonizing the entire island by 2050. This, they...

2014-04-11 14:51:54

The bicolored shrew is a protected species in Central Europe, but these furry insect-eaters have a dark secret. Researchers from the Vetmeduni Vienna have discovered that bicolored shrews carry the Borna virus. Infection with this virus causes fatal encephalitis in horses. The mechanisms of transmission had until now been unclear, but we now know more about one route - from bicolored shrews to hosts. The study was published recently in the journal PLOS ONE. The Borna disease – named...

Molecular Analysis Reveals A New Species Of White Toothed Shrew
2013-07-02 13:48:02

Pensoft Publishers The white toothed shrew genus Crocidura is known as the largest mammal genus, with more than 180 species distributed around the world. A recent genetic analysis of the white toothed shrew fauna of Vietnam revealed the misinterpretations of previous morphological studies of the species, including the description of a new species of these very small mammals. The study was published in the open access journal ZooKeys. Describing new mammal species is an unusual event...

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2008-04-28 13:15:48

Dave Tosh, from the School of Biological Sciences at Queens University, found the greater white-toothed shrew in Tipperary and Limerick while working with University College Cork and BirdWatch Ireland. Its natural range is in parts of Africa, France and Germany and before now the closest it has been spotted to Ireland is in the Channel Islands.As part of his PhD, Dave was studying the diet of the Barn Owl in Ireland. Last winter John Lusby, Barn Owl Research Officer from Bird Watch Ireland,...


Latest Crocidura Reference Libraries

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2007-01-10 12:42:13

The Asian House Shrew (Suncus murinus) is a species of shrew found in South Asia. It has a habit of running slowly along the edges of the walls when they enter human habitations. They are widespread and found in all habitats including deserts and human habitations. Studies on the musk shrew have suggested its suitability for use in laboratory studies.

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2007-01-10 12:39:19

The lesser white-toothed shrew (Crocidura suaveolens) is a tiny shrew found in Europe. Its preferred habitat is woodlands. The population is found on the Isles of Scilly. It forages on beaches. This is unusual behavior for this species.

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2007-01-10 12:35:03

The greater white-toothed shrew (Crocidura russula) is a small shrew found in Europe and North Africa. Its preferred habitats are grassland and woodland. It is slightly larger than the lesser white-toothed shrew but otherwise very similar. It can often be distinguished only by close inspection of its teeth.

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Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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