Zoological Studies

Vol. 36 No. 1, 1997

Re-evaluation of the Status of Chodsigoa sodalis Thomas, 1913 (Mammalia: Insectivora: Soricidae)

Masaharu Motokawa1,*, Hon-Tsen Yu2, Yin-Ping  Fang2, Hsi-Chi Cheng3, Liang-Kong Lin4 and  Masashi Harada4

1Dept. of Zoology, Faculty of Science, Kyoto Univ., Kyoto 606-01, Japan
2Dept. of Zoology, National Taiwan Univ., Taipei, Taiwan 106
3Division of Zoology, Taiwan Endemic Species Research Inst., Nantou County, Taiwan 552
4Lab. of Wildlife Ecology, Dept. of Biology, Tunghai Univ., Taichung, Taiwan 407
5Lab. Animal Center, Osaka City Univ. Medical School, Osaka 545, Japan

Masaharu Motokawa, Hon-Tsen Yu, Yin-Ping Fang, Hsi-Chi Cheng, Liang-Kong Lin and Masashi Harada (1997) In 1913 Thomas described the shrew Chodsigoa sodalis from Taiwan based on only 1 skull. This species has been regarded as a synonym of  Soriculus (Episoriculus) fumidus Thomas,1913 because of insufficient information. The diagnostic features of Soriculus (Chodsigoa) sodalis, such as 3 upper unicuspid teeth, have been considered as a variation of S. (E.) fumidus. Recently we obtained 4 additional specimens from montane areas of Taiwan. In this paper, we confirm S. (C.) sodalisas a valid species and describe its external features for the first time.

Key words: Soriculus (Chodsigoa) sodalis, Soriculus (Episoriculus) fumidus,Taiwan, Taxonomy.

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