image aliston,er_biologia_centrali-americana_mammalia_tab5
Image number: RS.17540
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Shrews

Date

1879

Creator

Joseph Smit (1836-1929, Dutch), Illustrator

Creator - Organisation

M & N Hanhart, Lithographer

Object type

Library reference

41158

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (page): 241mm
width (page): 310mm

Subject

Description

Zoological study of a Verapaz shrew, Sorex veraepacis, found in Guatemala and Mexico, and a species of short-tailed shrew, Blarina micrura. The Verapaz [left as viewed] is depicted with an earthworm hanging from its mouth, while the short-tailed [right as viewed] appears to be contemplating the earthworm before it. The shrews appear on uneven, slightly grassy ground in front of a large boulder.

Table 5 from Biologia centrali-Americana; or, Contributions to the knowledge of the fauna and flora of Mexico and central America, the Mammalia volume, authored by Edward Aliston and co-edited by Frederick Du Cane Godman and Osbert Salvin.

Inscribed above: ‘Biol Centr Am Mammalia Tab 5’, and below: ‘J Smit lith 1. SOREX VERAEPACIS 2. BLARINA MICRURA Hanhart imp. 128’.

Frederick Du Cane Godman (1834-1919) British entomologist and ornithologist, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1882.

Osbert Salvin (1835-1898) British naturalist and ornithologist, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1873.

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