| "Cryptotis" combines two Greek words that mean hidden and ear. Like all Cryptotis shrews, the Oaxacan Broad-clawed Shrew's ears are hidden by its fur. "Peregrina" comes from a Latin word meaning strange or foreign, but the naturalist who named the shrew in 1895 did not explain his choice of name. It may refer to the shrew's teeth, which show unusual specializations: some are reduced or lacking, and the back surfaces of some are recessed. This mountain-dwelling shrew was thought for years to be a subspecies of Cryptotis mexicana, but now has species status in its own right. Details about its lifestyle remain to be discovered.
Head and Body: 67-80 mm; Tail 22-33 mm
Merriam, C.H., 1895. North American Fauna, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 10:24.
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