Scutisorex thor, Stanley, Malekani & Gambalemoke, 2013

Russell A. Mittermeier & Don E. Wilson, 2018, Soricidae, Handbook of the Mammals of the World – Volume 8 Insectivores, Sloths and Colugos, Barcelona: Lynx Edicions, pp. 332-551 : 471

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Scutisorex thor


221. View Plate 19: Soricidae

Thor’s Hero Shrew

Scutisorex thor

French: Pachyure de Thor / German: Thor-Panzerspitzmaus / Spanish: Musarana de Thor

Taxonomy. Scutisorex thori Stanley, Malekani & Gambalemoke, 2013 ,

“ Baleko , Tshuapa District, Equateur Province, DRC (0-24127° S, 20-8833° E, 358 m.a.s.l.).” GoogleMaps

This species is monotypic.

Distribution. Known only from Baleko near Tshuapa River, Equateur Province, DR Congo. View Figure

Descriptive notes. Head-body 146 mm, tail 105 mm, ear 14 mm, hindfoot 24 mm; weight 47 g. Thor’s Hero Shrew is one of two species of extremely and uniquely adapted and very large shrews, with large, arched, reinforced, and interlocking spinal columns. Dorsum is grizzled, with a mix of entirely pale and brown-tipped hairs, and venter consists of pale gray hairs. Hair is shorter and silkier than in the Armored Hero Shrew (S. somereni ). Feet have stout curved claws and are covered with short black hairs dorsally. Tail is ¢.72% of headbody length, bicolored, being dark brown dorsally and pale ventrally, and has creamcolored tip with no bristle hairs. Skull is less stout than in the Armored Hero Shrew and is shorter and less broad. Thor’s Hero Shrew has a similar vertebral skeleton to that of the Armored Hero Shrew but has thinner vertebrae, less tubercles, and less lumbar vertebrae (eight instead of 10-11). It also has broader and thicker ribs than in the Armored Hero Shrew. There are four unicuspids.

Habitat. Seasonally flooded lowland forest at an elevation of 358 m (holotype).

Food and Feeding. No information.

Breeding. Holotype was a pregnant female with one embryo collected in June.

Activity patterns. No information.

Movements, Home range and Social organization. No information.

Status and Conservation. Not assessed on The IUCN Red List. Thor’s Hero Shrew is only known from the recently collected holotype.

Bibliography. Stanley et al. (2013).














Scutisorex thor

Russell A. Mittermeier & Don E. Wilson 2018

Scutisorex thori

Stanley, Malekani & Gambalemoke 2013
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