Crocidura hikmiya

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Crocidura hikmiya
Scientific classification
C. hikmiya
Binomial name
Crocidura hikmiya
Meegaskumbura, Meegaskumbura, Manamendra-Arachchi, Pethiyagoda & Schneider, 2007
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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 .[2]


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.


  1. ^ S. Meegaskumbura & M. Meegaskumbura (2008). "Crocidura hikmiya". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2008: e.T136596A4316355. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T136596A4316355.en. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  2. ^ 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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