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Sorex caecutiens



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Common Names

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Common Names in English:

Laxmann's shrew, MASKED SHREW

Common Names in French:


Common Names in Russian:

Бурозубка средняя, бурозубка Лаксмана, землеройка в маске

Common Names in Spanish:



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Ecology: It occurs mainly in coniferous , deciduous and mixed forests in the taiga zone, although it is also found in a range of tundra habitats including birch and willow scrub in river valleys (Pucek 1999, Finch and van der Kooij 2005). In northern Fennoscandia, it tends to be found in shrub-rich mires , alpine birch forests, and open mires, and at the south-western edge of its range in Norway it occurs in alpine habitats (Finch and van der Kooij 2005). In general moist habitats are preferred, such as damp parts of forests with thick moss cover (Pucek 1999). Cultivated land is avoided (Sulkava 1990). The masked shrew feeds on a wide range of insects, spiders, and centipedes (Stone 1995). As it has a lower net food intake than larger shrews such as S. araneus, it can survive in less productive habitats (Finch and van der Kooij 2005).[1].

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Name Status: Accepted Name .

Comment: Subgenus : Sorex

Last scrutiny: 28-Nov-2006

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Sorex

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 120 species and subspecies in this genus. Here are just 100 of them:

S. alaskanus (Glacier Bay Water Shrew) · S. alpinus (Alpine Shrew) · S. antinorii (VALAIS SHREW) · S. araneus (European Shrew) · S. araneus araneus (European Shrew) · S. arcticus (Black-Backed Shrew) · S. arcticus arcticus (Black-Backed Shrew) · S. arizonae (Arizona Shrew) · S. arunchi (UDINE SHREW) · S. asper (Tien Shan Shrew) · S. averini (Dneper Common Shrew) · S. bairdi (Baird's Shrew) · S. bairdii (Baird's Shrew) · S. bedfordiae (Lesser Stripe-Backed Shrew) · S. bendirii (Bendire's Water Shrew) · S. bendirii bendirii (Bendire's Water Shrew) · S. buchariensis (Buchara Shrew) · S. caecutiens (Laxmann's Shrew) · S. camtschatica (Kamchatcka Shrew) · S. cansulus (Gansu Shrew) · S. cinereus (Long-Tailed Shrews) · S. cinereus nigriculus (Tuckahoe Masked Shrew) · S. cinereus streatori (Cinereus Shrew) · S. coronatus (Or Jersey Shrew) · S. cylindricauda (Greater Stripe-Backed Shrew) · S. daphaenodon (Siberian Large-Toothed Shrew) · S. daphaenodon daphaenodon (Siberian Large-Toothed Shrew) · S. dispar (Long-Tailed Or Rock Shrew) · S. dispar blitchi (Long-Tailed Or Rock Shrew) · S. dispar dispar (Long-Tailed Shrew) · S. emarginatus (Jackson's Shrew) · S. excelsus (Highland Shrew) · S. fumeus (Long-Tailed Shrews) · S. fumeus fumeus (Smokey Shrew) · S. gaspensis (Gaspé Shrew) · S. gracillimus (Slender Shrew) · S. granarius (Lagranja Shrew) · S. haydeni (Hayden's Shrew) · S. hosonoi (Azumi Shrew) · S. hoyi (American Pygmy Shrew) · S. hoyi hoyi (American Pygmy Shrew) · S. hoyi montanus (Pygmy Shrew) · S. hoyi thompsoni (Northeastern Pygmy Shrew) · S. hoyi winnemana (Southern Pygmy Shrew) · S. hydrodromus (Pribilof Island Shrew) · S. isodon (Equal-Toothed Shrew) · S. ixtlanensis (Ixtlan Shrew) · S. jacksoni (Saint Lawrence Island Shrew) · S. kozlovi (Kozlov's Shrew) · S. leucogaster (Paramushir Island Shrew) · S. longirostris (Dismal Swamp Southeastern Shrew) · S. longirostris eionis (Homossassa Shrew) · S. longirostris fisheri (Dismal Swamp Southeastern Shrew) · S. longirostris longirostris (Southeastern Shrew) · S. lyelli (Mount Lyell Shrew) · S. macrodon (Mexican Large-Toothed Shrew) · S. maritimensis (Maritime Shrew) · S. mediopua (Jalisco Shrew) · S. merriami (Merriam's Shrew) · S. merriami leucogenys (Merriam's Shrew) · S. milleri (Carmen Mountains Shrew) · S. minutissimus (Least Siberian Shrew) · S. minutus (Eurasian Pygmy Shrew) · S. mirabilis (Ussuri Shrew) · S. monticolus (Montane Shrew) · S. monticolus malitiosus (Warren Island Dusky Shrew) · S. monticolus monticolus (Montane Shrew) · S. monticolus neomexicanus (Montane Shrew) · S. nanus (Rocky Mountain Dwarf Shrew) · S. neomexicanus (Long-Tailed Shrews) · S. oreopolus (Mexican Long-Tailed Shrew) · S. orizabae (Orizaba Long-Tailed Shrew) · S. ornatus (Suisun Shrew) · S. ornatus ornatus (Ornate Shrew) · S. ornatus relictus (Buena Vista Lake Ornate Shrew) · S. ornatus salarius (Monterey Ornate Shrew) · S. ornatus salicornicus (Salt Marsh Ornate Shrew) · S. ornatus sinuosus (Suisun Shrew) · S. ornatus willetti (Santa Catalina Shrew) · S. pacificus (Pacific Shrew) · S. pacificus pacificus (Pacific Shrew) · S. palustris (Northern Water Shrew) · S. palustris albibarbis (American Water Shrew) · S. palustris brooksi (Vancouver Island Water Shrew) · S. palustris palustris (Northern Water Shrew) · S. palustris punctulatus (American Water Shrew) · S. planiceps (Kashmir Pygmy Shrew) · S. portenkoi (Portenko's Shrew) · S. preblei (Preble's Shrew) · S. pribilofensis (Pribilof Island Shrew) · S. raddei (Radde's Shrew) · S. roboratus (Flat-Skulled Shrew) · S. rohweri (Olympic Shrew) · S. sadonis (Sado Shrew) · S. samniticus (Appenine Shrew) · S. satunini (Caucasian Shrew) · S. saussurei (Saussure's Shrew) · S. saussurei saussurei (Saussure's Shrew) · S. sclateri (Sclater's Shrew) · S. shinto (Sado Shrew)

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Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal February 29, 2008:



  1. Sheftel, B., Henttonen, H., Stubbe, M., Samiya, R., Ariunbold, J., Buuveibaatar, V., Dorjderem, S., Monkhzul, Ts., Otgonbaatar, M. & Tsogbadrakh, M. 2008. Sorex caecutiens. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. <>. Downloaded on 04 February 2012. [back]
Last Revised: 2014-05-14