Meegaskumbura, Meegaskumbura, Manamendra-Arachchi, Pethiyagoda & Schneider, 2007
|Crocidura hikmiya range|
Crocidura hikmiya (Sinharaja shrew or Sri Lankan rain forest shrew) is a species of shrew described from the rainforests of Sri Lanka, based on both morphological and molecular data. Its closest sister species is the Sri Lankan long-tailed shrew, another Sri Lankan crocidurine shrew restricted to the high-elevation habitats of the Central Highlands. C. hikmiya has a shorter tail than the Sri Lankan long-tailed shrew; most of the other characteristics that distinguish the two species are osteological in nature .
The specific epithet hikmiya is Sinhala for ‘shrew’, applied here as a substantive in apposition. It is known as ශ්රී ලංකා සිංහරාජ කුනු හික් මීයා in Sinhala.
It is known only from two forest-edge sites in Sinharaja Forest Reserve, at Kudawa and Morningside.
- S. Meegaskumbura & M. Meegaskumbura (2008). "Crocidura hikmiya". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved January 31, 2010.
- S. H. Meegaskumbura; M. Meegaskumbura; K. Manamendra-Arachchi; R. Pethiyagoda; C. J. Schneider (2007). "Crocidura hikmiya, a new shrew (Mammalia: Soricomorpha: Soricidae) from Sri Lanka" (PDF). Zootaxa. 1665: 19–30.
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