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

Alpine shrew - Sorex alpinus Schinz, 1837

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Near Threatened (IUCN)
Protected by 1 international agreement
Most preferred habitats
  • sparsely vegetated land
  • wetlands
May also occur in
  • cropland
  • grassland
  • heathland and shrub
  • woodland and forest
Natura 2000 species code 2598


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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
Alpenspëtzmaus Luxemburgish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Alpenspitzmaus German Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Alpespidsmus Danish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Alpespissmus Norwegian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Alpi-karihiir Estonian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Alpine shrew English Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Alpinis kirstukas Lithuanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Alpipäästäinen Finnish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Alpnäbbmus Swedish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Alpu cirslis Latvian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Bergspitsmuis Dutch Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Fjallasnjáldra Icelandic Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Gorska rovka Slovenian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Havasi cickány Hungarian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Musaraigne alpine French Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Musaraña alpina Spanish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Piskor horský Slovak Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Planinska rovka Croatian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Rejsek horský Czech Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Ryjówka górska Polish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Toporagno alpino Italian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Synonym Author
Sorex alpinus hercynicus Miller, 1909
Sorex intermedius Cornalia, 1870
Sorex alpinus longobarda Sordelli, 1899
Sorex alpinus tatricus Kratochvil & Rosicky, 1952

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External data

No external data sets available for this species
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