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CAVS: 1060

Species Crocidura trichura Dobson, 1888

Christmas Island Shrew

  • Crocidura attenuata trichura Dobson, G.E. in Thomas, O. 1888. On the mammals of Christmas Island. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1888: 532-534 [532] [proposed as a variety].
    Type data:
     Syntype(s) whereabouts unknown 4 specimens, Christmas Island.



'[A]lmost certainly extinct' (Meek in van Dyck & Strahan 2008: 419). However, the Christmas Island Shrew was raised to full species status by Eldridge et al. (2009) on the basis of molecular data.



Extra Distribution Information

Status uncertain, possibly extinct.

Other Regions

Christmas Island terrestrial & freshwater

General References

Andrews, C.W. (ed.) 1900. A Monograph of Christmas Island (Indian Ocean): physical features and geology; with descriptions of the fauna and flora by numerous contributors. London : British Museum (Natural History) xiii 337 pp.

Eldridge, M.D.B., Johnson, R.N. & Meek, P.D. 2009. Molecular Systematics of the Extinct? Christmas Island Shrew Crocidura attenuata trichura. In Australian Mammal Society Semi-Centenary and 55th Meeting, Perth July 5-9, 2009 Scientific Program.

Lister, J.J. 1888. On the natural history of Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1888: 512-513

Meek, P.D. 2000. The decline and current status of the Christmas Island Shrew Crocidura attenuata trichura on Christmas Island, Indian Ocean. Australian Mammalogy 22: 43-49

Schulz, M. 2004. National recovery plan for the Christmas Island Shrew (Crocidua attenuata trichura). The Department of the Environment and Heritage, Canberra.

van Dyck, S. & Strahan, R. 2008. The Mammals of Australia. Sydney : Reed New Holland 887 pp.


Common Name References

ABRS 2001. Census of Australian Vertebrates. Australian Biological Resources Study. (Christmas Island Shrew)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
13-Aug-2013 13-Aug-2013 MOVED
14-Dec-2010 14-Dec-2010 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)