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Opossums, Shrews and Moles of British Columbia

In Opossums, Shrews, and Moles of British Columbia David W. Nagorsen presents a comprehensive summary of the most up-to-date information on these intriguing mammals. He provides general information on their biology, including ecology, diets, anatomy, relations with humans, and conservation. Illustrated keys aid in identification. In detailed species accounts, the author gives descriptions of each species, along with their identifying characteristics, natural history and taxonomy. Each account is accompanied by illustrations and a provincial range map.

170 pages

RBCM Handbooks

Table of Contents


General Biology of Opossums

General Biology of Insectivores


Form and Structure

Food Habits Insectivores in British Columbia

Habitat and Community Ecology

Reproduction, Development of the Young and Longevity

Conserving Energy and Winter Survival

Relations with Humans


Studying Insectivores Taxonomy and Nomenclature


Identification Keys

Key to Whole Animals

Key to Skulls

Species Accounts

North American Opossum (Didelphis virginiana)

Black-backed Shrew (Sorex arcticus)

Pacific Water Shrew (Sorex Bendirii)

Common Shrew (Sorex cinereus)

Pygmy Shrew (Sorex hoyi)

Dusky Shrew (Sorex monticolus)

Water Shrew (Sorex palustris)

Trowbridge's Shrew (Sorex trowbridgii)

Tundra Shrew (Sorex tundrensis)

Vagrant Shrew (Sorex vagrans)

Shrew-mole (Neurotrichus gibbsii)

Coast Mole (Scapanus orarius)

Townsend's Mole (Scapanus townsendii)

Appendix 1: Selected Body Measurements and Weights of British Columbian Insectivores

Appendix 2: Scientific Names of Plant and Animal Species Mentioned in this Book





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