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Designation of the type species of Musaraneus Pomel, 1848 (Mammalia: Soricomorpha: Soricidae)

Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington

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Abstract

The genus name Musaraneus often is attributed to Brisson (1762), however, most of Brisson's names are unavailable. Pomel (1848) subsequently made the name Musaraneus available, but did not designate a type species. The 18 species that Pomel listed under Musaraneus currently are distributed among five modern genera, two of which (Cryptotis Pomel, 1848 and Diplomesodon Brandt, 1852) are predated by Musaraneus. Because Cryptotis and Diplomesodon potentially could be considered junior synonyms of Musaraneus, I propose Sorex leucodon Hermann, 1780 (= Crocidura leucodon) as the type species for Musaraneus, thereby establishing Musaraneus as a junior synonym of Crocidura Wagler, 1832.

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Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Designation of the type species of Musaraneus Pomel, 1848 (Mammalia: Soricomorpha: Soricidae)
Series title:
Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington
Volume
117
Issue:
3
Year Published:
2004
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
266-270
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington
First page:
266
Last page:
270