Crocidura allex

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Crocidura allex — distribution map


Taxonavigation: Eulipotyphla 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Cladus: Sarcopterygii
Cladus: Rhipidistia
Cladus: Tetrapodomorpha
Cladus: Eotetrapodiformes
Cladus: Elpistostegalia
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Cladus: Synapsida
Cladus: Eupelycosauria
Cladus: Sphenacodontia
Cladus: Sphenacodontoidea
Cladus: Therapsida
Cladus: Theriodontia
Cladus: Cynodontia
Cladus: Eucynodontia
Cladus: Probainognathia
Cladus: Prozostrodontia
Cladus: Mammaliaformes
Classis: Mammalia
Subclassis: Trechnotheria
Infraclassis: Zatheria
Supercohors: Theria
Cohors: Eutheria
Infraclassis: Placentalia
Cladus: Boreoeutheria
Superordo: Laurasiatheria
Ordo: Eulipotyphla

Familia: Soricidae
Subfamilia: Crocidurinae
Genus: Crocidura
Species: Crocidura allex



Crocidura allex Osgood, 1910: 20

  • Holotype: FMNH Mammals 16820, adult ♂, skin and skull, collected by Edmund Heller, 31 January 1906.
  • Type locality: “Naivasha, British East Africa”, Kenya.
  • Etymology: Latin hallex, hallicis ‘the great toe’.


  • Crocidura alpina E. Heller, 1910: 5
    • Holotype: USNM:MAMM:163089, adult ♀, skin and skull, collected by John Alden Loring, 4 October 1909.
    • Type locality: “West slope of Mount Kenya, altitude 10,000 ft (3,048 m),” Kenya.
    • Etymology: Latin alpinus ‘alpine, of high mountains, of the Alps’, from alpes or alpis ‘high mountains, Alps’.
  • Crocidura allex zinki Heim de Balsac, 1957: 151
    • Holotype: SMNS 4512, ♂, skin and skull, collected by Gerhardt Zink, 27 April 1952.
    • Type locality: Kilimanjaro, altitude 3550 m, Tanzania.
    • Etymology: Gerhardt Zink (1919–2003), German ornithologist and zoologist.



Primary references

  • Osgood, W.H. 1910. Further new mammals from British East Africa. Field Museum of Natural History, Zoological Series, 10: 15–21. BHL
  • Heller, E. 1910. Descriptions of seven new species of East African mammals. Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections 56(9): 1–5. BHL
  • Heim de Balsac, H. 1957. Insectivores de la famille des Soricidae de l’Afrique orientale. Zoologischer Anzeiger 158: 144–153.

Additional references

  • Allen, G.M. 1939. A checklist of African mammals. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 83: 1–763. BHL.
  • Jaeger, E.C. 1959. Source-book of biological names and terms. Charles C. Thomas: Springfield. Third edition (Revised second printing). Pp. 316. HathiTrust
  • Beolens, B., Watkins, M. & Grayson, M. 2009. The Eponym Dictionary of Mammals. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. 592 pp. ISBN 978-0801893049. Reference page
  • Dieterlen, F., Turni, H. & Marquart, K. 2013. Type specimens of mammals in the collection of the Museum of Natural History Stuttgart. Stuttgarter Beiträge zur Naturkunde, Abteilung A; Neue Serie, 6: 291–303. PDF.
  • Fisher, R.D. & Ludwig, C.A. 2015. Catalog of type specimens of Recent mammals: Orders Didelphimorphia through Chiroptera (excluding Rodentia) in the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 644: 1–110. DOI: 10.5479/si.19436696.644.

Vernacular names

English: East African Highland Shrew
polski: zębiełek wyżynny
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