New Costa Rican Shrew Species Named From a Single Specimen Found 44 Years Ago

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“Think of a lion shrunk to the size of a mouse that needs to eat every 20 minutes or so.” That is a shrew, says Neal Woodman, a U.S. Geological Survey mammalogist who is curator of mammals at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. “Shrews are predators with very high metabolisms, hence their reputation for fierceness.”

Woodman is lead author of a recent paper describing a new species of small-eared shrew, Cryptotis monteverdensis, from the Monteverde Cloud Forest in the Tilarán Mountains of Costa Rica, Central America.

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