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Clarifying the taxonomic status of Crocidura cantabra Cabrera, 1908 (Eulipotyphla: Soricidae: Crocidurinae)

Jacinto Román ORCID logo, Javier Calzada ORCID logo, José Antonio Godoy ORCID logo and Luis Biedma ORCID logo
From the journal Mammalia

Abstract

At the beginning of the 20th century Crocidura cantabra was described based on one specimen from Basque Provinces, North of Spain. Later, some authors considered it a junior synonym of Crocidura suaveolens, without any data to support this statement, so the eight existing specimens were registered as records of that species. Our objective was to clarify the taxonomic status of C. cantabra. Since DNA could not be obtained from the existing specimens and the coloration was originally poorly described, an attempt was made to make an assignment based on the original biometric data of two individuals, the only ones identified by Cabrera for which there is biometric information: the holotype and a specimen from Colindres, Cantabria. The body measurements were surely altered by conservation techniques, rendering any identification uncertain, whereas the skull biometry assigns the specimens to C. russula. We propose that C. cantabra should be treated as junior synonym of Crocidura russula.


Corresponding author: Jacinto Román, Department of Conservation Biology, Estación Biológica de Doñana, CSIC, C. Americo Vespucio 26, 41092 Sevilla, Spain, E-mail:

Acknowledgments

We thank Angel Luis Garvia and Isabel Rey, curators of Mammals and Tissues and DNA Collection respectively, for facilitating the review of the collections of National Museum of Natural Sciences (CSIC), Madrid, and providing DNA extracts of one specimen, and Ana Píriz, technician at the Laboratory Molecular Ecology (LEM-EBD) for her support in laboratory work. Laboratory and computational facilities were provided by Doñana ICTS-RBD. We also thank Baxter Mansfield for reviewing the English of the manuscript.

  1. Author contributions: JR processed and analyzed the data and wrote the first version of the manuscript; JR, JC and LB collected the biometric data; JAG performed the genetic analysis; all authors reviewed and wrote the final manuscript. All the authors have accepted responsibility for the entire content and approved submission.

  2. Research funding: None declared.

  3. Conflict of interest statement: The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest regarding this article.

  4. Research ethics: Our study was performed with official permits issued by the competent environmental authority and with a positive evaluation of the bioethics committee of the University of Huelva.

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Received: 2022-04-02
Accepted: 2022-07-13
Published Online: 2022-08-05

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