Mount Lyell shrew

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Mount Lyell shrew
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Soricomorpha
Family: Soricidae
Genus: Sorex
Species: S. lyelli
Binomial name
Sorex lyelli
Merriam, 1902
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Mount Lyell shrew range

The Mount Lyell shrew (Sorex lyelli) is a species of mammal in the family Soricidae. It is named for Mount Lyell in Yosemite National Park, the area where the shrew has been most commonly found.

Range[edit]

It is endemic to a small area of the Sierra Nevada in California, United States.[1] The range is located in Fresno, Mariposa, Mono, and Tuolumne counties between an elevation of 2,100–3,630 metres (6,890–11,910 ft). It is typically found in sub-alpine riparian areas near fast-running streams.[2]

Description[edit]

The shrew is between 8.9–10 centimetres (3.5–3.9 in) long[3] and weighs 4–5 grams (0.14–0.18 oz).[4] The skull contains 32 teeth.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hammerson, G. & Williams, D.F. (2008). "Sorex lyelli". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2009.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Epanchin, Peter N.; Engilis, Andrew, Jr. (Sep 2009). "Mount Lyell Shrew (Sorex lyelli) in the Sierra Nevada, California, with Comments on Alpine Records of Sorex". The Southwestern Naturalist 54 (3): 354–357. doi:10.1894/CLG-17.1. 
  3. ^ a b Burt, William H. (1976). A Field Guide to Mammals: North America north of Mexico. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Company. p. 3. ISBN 0-395-24082-4. 
  4. ^ Kays, Roland W.; Wilson, Don E. (2009). Mammals of North America (Second ed.). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. p. 26. ISBN 978-0-691-14278-4.