Sorex alaskanus Merriam, 1900:18

Glacier Bay water shrew, Alaska water shrew



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Sorex palustris alaskanus Merriam, 1900:18; Sorex navigator alaskanus Merriam, 1900:18; Neosorex navigator alaskanus Merriam, 1900:18


Conservation Status


Last record: 1899 (Wilson & Reeder, 2005); 1970 (Woodman et al. 2008)

IUCN RedList status: Data Deficient



Alaska (southeastern), United States of America


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:
Merriam, C. Hart. (1900). Papers from the Harriman Alaska expedition. I. Descriptions of twenty-six new mammals from Alaska and British North America. Proceedings of the Washington Academy of Sciences 2: 13-30.
Other references:
Beneski Jr., J. T. and Stinson, D. W. (1987). Sorex palustris. American Society of Mammalogists, Mammalian Species 296: 1-6.
Carraway, L. N. (1995). A key to Recent Soricidae of the western United States and Canada based primarily on dentaries. Occasional Papers of the Natural History Museum, The University of Kansas 175: 1-49.
George, S. B. (1988). Systematics, historical biogeography, and evolution of the genus Sorex. Journal of Mammalogy 69: 443-461.
Hall, E. R. 1981. The mammals of North America. Second ed. John Wiley and Sons, New York, 1:1-600 + 90, 2:601-1181 + 90.
Jackson, Hartley H. T. (1928). A taxonomic review of the American long-tailed shrews (genera Sorex and Microsorex). North American Fauna 51: 1-238.
Jones, J. K., Jr., D. C. Carter, H. H. Genoways, R. S. Hoffmann, and D. W. Rice. 1982. Revised checklist of North American mammals north of Mexico, 1982. Occasional Papers, The Museum, Texas Tech University 80: 1-22.
Junge, J. A. and Hoffmann, R. S. (1981). An annotated key to the long-tailed shrews (genus Sorex) of the United States and Canada, with notes on Middle American Sorex. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Natural History, University of Kansas 94: 1-48.
Wilson, D. E., and S. Ruff (eds.). 1999. The Smithsonian Book of North American Mammals.
Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C., 750 pp.
Woodman, N., Reid, F. and Matson, J. (2008). Sorex alaskanus. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. ( Downloaded on 13 March 2013.


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