Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Mammalia > Order: Insectivora > Family: Soricidae > Genus: Sorex > Species: Sorex minutissimus

Least shrew - Sorex minutissimus Zimmermann, 1780

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
Protected by 1 international agreement
Most preferred habitats
  • wetlands
  • woodland and forest
May also occur in
  • grassland
  • heathland and shrub


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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

Not available

Legal status

Legal text Annex Conditions More information
Convention on the conservation of European wildlife and natural habitats (Bern Convention) (All species of Soricidae)

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Apró cickány Hungarian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Kääbus-karihiir Estonian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Kääpiöpäästäinen Finnish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Kleine dwergspitsmuis Dutch Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Knirpsspitzmaus German Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Least shrew English Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Lille dværgspidsmus Danish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Liten dvergspissmus Norwegian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Majušna rovka Croatian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mindre dvärgnäbbmus Swedish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Musaraigne naine French Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Musaraña menuda Spanish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Piskor najmenší Slovak Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Pritlikava rovka Slovenian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Pumalsnjáldra Icelandic Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Pundurcirslis Latvian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Rejsek nejmenší Czech Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Ryjówka karliczek Polish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Toporagno minimo Italian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Synonym Author
Sorex minimus Gmelin, 1793
Sorex minimus karelicus Stroganov, 1949
Sorex minimus stroganovi Yudin, 1964
Sorex minimus caudata Yudin, 1964
Sorex minimus tscherskii Ognev, 1913
Sorex minimus hawkeri Thomas, 1906

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External data

No external data sets available for this species
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