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A new species of Sylvisorex (Mammalia: Soricidae) from lowland forests north of Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo

Itoka Mukinzi1 / Rainer Hutterer2 / Patrick Barriere3, 4

1Université de Kisangani, Laboratoire d'Ecologie et de Gestion des Ressources Animales (LEGERA), B.P. 2012 Kisangani, DR Congo

2Section of Mammals, Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig, 53113 Bonn, Germany

3AICA-CREG, Nessadiou BP37, 98870 Bourail, New Caledonia

4Laboratoire Ecobio UMR 6553 – CNRS, Université de Rennes 1, Station Biologique, F-35380 Paimpont, France

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Citation Information: mammalia. Volume 73, Issue 2, Pages 130–134, ISSN (Online) 1864-1547, ISSN (Print) 0025-1461, DOI: 10.1515/MAMM.2009.031, May 2009

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We describe a new species of Sylvisorex (Soricidae) from the northern part of the Congo Basin. Specimens were recently found in three lowland forests on the right bank of the Congo River: Masako, Yelenge and Baliko. The new species, Sylvisorex akaibei n. sp., is unusual in its external morphology, having a short tail of which the basal part is covered by long bristle hairs. The skull is a small version of that of Sylvisorex lunaris, a species endemic to the mountains of the Albertine Rift; however, the two species are not closely related. The new discovery shows that the small mammal fauna of the lowland forests of the Congo Basin is more diverse than previously expected.

Keywords: African forest shrews; Congo Basin; diversity; taxonomy

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