The Distribution Problem of Crocidura russula (Hermann, 1780) (Mammalia: Insectivora) in Turkey


Abstract: In this study, to elucidate distribution problem of Crocidura russula (Hermann, 1780) species, 298 samples were taken from different geographical areas, type localities and record areas of Turkey, which were morphologically similar to C. russula were studied. The karyotypical and morphological characteristics of collected samples have been examined in detail. Those examined characteristics have been compared among themselves and compared to literature data. According to the comparative results, C. russula species is not distributed in Turkey and the Populations of C. russula reported previously in Turkey were belong to Crocidura suaveolens (Pallas, 1811).

Keywords: Crocidura russula, Crocidura suaveolens, Karyology, Taxonomy, Turkey

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