Abramov A.V., Bannikova A.A., Chernetskaya D.M., Lebedev V.S., Rozhnov V.V. 2017. The first record of Episoriculus umbrinus from Vietnam, with notes on the taxonomic composition of Episoriculus (Mammalia, Soricidae) // Russian J. Theriol. Vol.16. No.2: 117–128 [in English].
Alexei V. Abramov [alexei.abramov.zin.ru], Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Saint Petersburg 199034, Russia, Joint Vietnamese-Russian Tropical Research and Technological Centre, Hanoi, Vietnam;
Anna A. Bannikova [firstname.lastname@example.org], Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow 119992, Russia;
Daria M. Chernetskaya, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow 119992, Russia;
Vladimir S. Lebedev [email@example.com], Zoological Museum of Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow 125009, Russia;
Viatcheslav V. Rozhnov [firstname.lastname@example.org], A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow 119071, Russia, Joint Vietnamese-Russian Tropical Research and Technological Centre, Hanoi, Vietnam.
ABSTRACT. The mitochondrial cytochrome b and nuclear ApoB and RAG2 genes were used to estimate the phylogenetic relationships in Asiatic red-toothed shrews (Soricidae, Episoriculus). Based on molecular data, the genus Episoriculus seems to consist of at least seven valid species: E. baileyi, E. caudatus, E. leucops, E. macrurus, E. sacratus, E. soluensis, and E. umbrinus. Genetic distances among all of them are found to be of 8–16%, with the only low distance (3.4%) being that between E. baileyi and E. leucops. Taiwanese shrew E. fumidus shows high genetic divergence (16–17% for cytb) from other species of Episoriculus. Based on both genetic and morphological data it should be attributed to a separate new genus Pseudosoriculus gen.n. Episoriculus umbrinus was found in Lao Cai Province, representing a new species record for the fauna of Vietnam; morphology-based diagnosis of this specimen has reliably been confirmed by molecular data.
KEY WORDS: Episoriculus umbrinus, Vietnam, distribution, taxonomy, Pseudosoriculus gen.n.