Nesiotites hidalgo Bate, 1944

Balearic shrew



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Asoriculus hidalgo Bate, 1944; Soriculus hidalgo Bate, 1944; Asoriculus hidalgoi Bate, 1944 [orth. error used by Turvey, 2009:47]


Conservation Status


Last record: 4280 ± 50 bp (Bover & Alcover, 2008)



Majorca and Minorca, Spain



Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:
Bate, Dorothea M. A. (1944). Pleistocene shrews from the larger Western Mediterranean Islands , Annals and Magazine of Natural History: Series 11, 11(83): 738-769. [Abstract]
Other references:

Alcover, Josep Antoni et al. (1998). Mammal Species of the World: Additional Data on Insular Mammals. American Museum Novitates 3248, 29 pp., 1 table.

Bate, D.M.A. 1944 Pleistocene shrews from the larger Western Mediterranean islands. Annals and Magazine of Natural History, series 11, 11, 738-769.

Bover, Pere and Alcover, Josep Antoni. (2008). Extinction of the autochthonous small mammals of Mallorca (Gymnesic Islands, Western Mediterranean) and its ecological consequences. Journal of Biogeography 35: 1112-1122.

Bover, Pere, Mitchell, Kieren J. et al. (2018). Molecular phylogenetics supports the origin of an endemic Balearic shrew lineage (Nesiotites) coincident with the Messinian Salinity Crisis. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 125: 188-195. [Abstract]

Moncunill-Solé, Blanca, Jordana, Xavier and Köhler, Meike. (2016). How common is gigantism in insular fossil shrews? Examining the ‘Island Rule’ in soricids (Mammalia: Soricomorpha) from Mediterranean Islands using new body mass estimation models. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. DOI: 10.1111/zoj.12399. [Abstract]

Ramis, D. and Alcover, J. A. (2005). Holocene extinction of endemic mammals of the Mediterranean Islands: some methodological questions and an update. Monogra; es de la Societat d’Història Natural de les Balears 12: 309-318.

Reumer, J. W. F. (1980). On the Pleistocene shrew Nesiotites hidalgo Bate, 1944 from Majorca (Soricidae, Insectivora). Proceedings of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen, Series B, 83: 39-68.

Reumer, J. W. F. (1981). The Pleistocene small mammals from Sa Pedrera de S’Onix, Majorca (Gliridae, Soricidae). Proceedings of the Koninklijke Akademie van Wetenschappen (Series B) 84: 3-11.

Turvey, Samuel T. (2009). Holocene mammal extinctions, pp. 41-61. In: Turvey, Samuel T. (ed.). Holocene Extinctions. Oxford, UK & New York, USA: Oxford University Press. xii + 352 pp.

Turvey, Samuel T. and Fritz, Susanne A. (2011). The ghosts of mammals past: biological and geographical patterns of global mammalian extinction across the Holocene. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 366(1577): 2564-2576. [Supplementary Information]

Wilson, D. E. and Reeder, D. M. (2005). Mammal species of the world: a taxonomic and geographic reference. Third edition. Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press.


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