Blarina shermani (Hamilton, 1955)

Sherman's southern short-tailed shrew



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Blarina brevicauda shermani Hamilton, 1955; Blarina carolinensis shermani (Hamilton, 1955)

Possibly a subspecies of B. brevicauda.


Conservation Status


Last record: 1954?; 1955 (Layne, 1992)



Near Fort Myers, Lee County, Florida, USA


Biology & Ecology




At least 27 specimens.






Original scientific description:
Hamilton, W. J.. Jr. (1955). A new subspecies of Blarina brevicauda from Florida. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 68: 37-39.
Other references:
Benedict, Russell A., Genoways, Hugh H. and Choate, Jerry R. (2006). Taxonomy of Short-Tailed Shrews (Genus Blarina) in Florida. Occasional Papers, Museum of Texas Tech University 251: 1-19.
Genoways, H. H., and Choate, J. R. (1998). Natural history of the southern short-tailed shrew, Blarina carolinensis. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Southwestern Biology, University of New Mexico 8: 1-43.
George, S. B., J. R. Choate, and H. H. Genoways. 1986. Blarlna brevicauda. Mammalian Species 261: 1-9.
George, S. B., H. H. Genoways, J. R. Choate, and R. J. Baker. (1982). Karyotypic relationships within the short-tailed shrews, genus Blarina. Journal of Mammalogy 63: 639-645.
Hall, E. R. 198 1. Thc mammals of North America. John Wiley & Sons, New York.
Hall, E. R., and K. R. Kelson. 1959. The mammals of North America. Ronald Press Company, New York. [relevant citation?]
Jackson, Dale R., NeSmith, Katy, Printiss, David and Hipes, Karla Brandt Dan. (2001). Field Guide to the Rare Animals of Florida. Florida Natural Areas Inventory. 310 pp. [relevant pages]
Layne, J. N. (1992). Sherman’s short-tailed shrew, Blarina carolinensis shermani, pp. 328-334. In: Humphrey, S. R. (ed.). Rare and Endangered Biota of Florida. Gainesville, Florida: University Press of Florida.
McCay, T. S. (2001). Blarina carolinensis. Mammalian Species 673: 1-7.


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