Piebald shrew

The piebald shrew (Diplomesodon pulchellum) is a shrew found in the Turan Lowland east of the Caspian Sea in Iran, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. It grows to 2–2​34 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). It was described again in 2018 to meet certain validity requirements of the ICZN code.[3]

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 edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Eulipotyphla
Family: Soricidae
Subfamily: Crocidurinae
Genus: Diplomesodon
Brandt, 1852
D. pulchellum
Binomial name
Diplomesodon pulchellum
(Lichtenstein, 1823)
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Piebald shrew range


  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". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T41448A115186837. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T41448A22293795.en.{{cite iucn}}: error: |doi= / |page= mismatch (help)
  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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