Piebald shrew

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Piebald shrew[1]
Пегий путорак (Diplomesodon pulchellum), Gescheckte Wüstenspitzmaus, Piebald Shrew, Московский зоопарк (Moscow zoo), 18.11.2008.jpg
Piebald shrew in Moscow Zoo
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Eulipotyphla
Family: Soricidae
Subfamily: Crocidurinae
Genus: Diplomesodon
Brandt, 1852
Species: D. pulchellum
Binomial name
Diplomesodon pulchellum
(Lichtenstein, 1823)
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Piebald shrew range

The piebald shrew (Diplomesodon pulchellum) is a shrew found in the Turan Lowland east of the Caspian Sea in Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. It grows to 2–234 inches in length, and usually hunts for insects and lizards at night. It is the only extant member of the genus Diplomesodon. In 2011, A. Cheke described a new and possibly extinct species based on a 19th-century manuscript: Diplomesodon sonnerati (Sonnerat's shrew).[3]


  1. ^ Hutterer, R. (2005). Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M., eds. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 255–256. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  2. ^ Tsytsulina, K., Formozov, N. & Sheftel, B. (2016). "Diplomesodon pulchellum". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T41448A115186837. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T41448A22293795.en. Retrieved 12 December 2017. 
  3. ^ Cheke, A. (2011). "Sonnerat's shrew - evidence for a new and possibly extinct species in an early 19th century manuscript (Mammalia: Soricidae)" (PDF). Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 108 (2): 95–97. 
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