Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Mammalia > Order: Insectivora > Family: Soricidae > Genus: Neomys > Species: Neomys fodiens > See subspecies
Scientific name Source
Neomys fodiens fodiens (Pennant, 1771) Fauna Europaea (2005)
Neomys fodiens niethammeri Bühler, 1963 Fauna Europaea (2005)

Water shrew - Neomys fodiens (Pennant, 1771)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
Protected by 1 international agreement
Most preferred habitats
  • rivers and lakes
  • wetlands
May also occur in
  • grassland
  • heathland and shrub
  • woodland and forest
Natura 2000 species code 2597


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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
Crossope aquatique French Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Dulovnica vodná Slovak Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Közönséges vízicickány Hungarian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Musgaño patiblanco Spanish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Povodna rovka Slovenian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Rejsec vodní Czech Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Su sivriburunu Turkish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Tava-vesimutt Estonian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Toporagno acquatico Italian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Udenscirslis Latvian Latvian NRC
Vandeninis kirstukas Lithuanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Vandspidsmus Danish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Vannspissmus Norwegian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Vatnasnjáldra Icelandic Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Vattennäbbmus Swedish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Vesimutt Estonian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Vesipäästäinen Finnish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Vodena rovka Croatian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Waasserspëtzmaus Luxemburgish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Wasserspitzmaus German Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Water shrew English Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Waterspitsmuis Dutch Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Synonym Author
Sorex fodiens Pennant, 1771
Sorex aquaticus Mülller, 1776
Sorex daubentonii Erxleben, 1777
Sorex carinatus Hermann, 1780
Sorex liricaudatus Hermann, 1780
Sorex fluviatilis Bechstein, 1793
Sorex eremita Meyer, 1793
Sorex canicularius Bechstein, 1800
Sorex hydrophilus Pallas, 1811
Sorex lineatus Geoffroy, 1811
Sorex remifer Geoffroy, 1811
Sorex collaris Desmarest, 1818
Sorex macrourus Lehmann, 1822
Sorex natans Brehm, 1826
Sorex stagnatilis Brehm, 1826
Sorex rivalis Brehm, 1830
Sorex musculus Wagler, 1832
Sorex psilurus Wagler, 1832
Sorex nigripes Melchior, 1834
Sorex hermanni Duvernoy, 1835
Amphisorex linneana Gray, 1838
Amphisorex constrictus Duvernoy, 1838
Sorex fimbriatus Fitzinger, 1868
Crosopus ignotus Fatio, 1905
Sorex bicolor Shaw, 1791
Sorex ciliatus Sowerby, 1805
Amphisorex pennantii Gray, 1838
Crossopus sowerby Bonaparte, 1840
Neomys argenteus Ognev, 1921
Neomys niethammeri Bühler, 1963

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
EoL Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea Fauna Europaea
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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