Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Mammalia > Order: Insectivora > Family: Soricidae > Genus: Sorex > Species: Sorex caecutiens > See subspecies
Scientific name Source
Sorex caecutiens karpinskii Dehnel, 1949 Fauna Europaea (2005)
Sorex caecutiens lapponicus Melander, 1942 Fauna Europaea (2005)
Sorex caecutiens pleskei Ognev, 1922 Fauna Europaea (2005)

Masked shrew - Sorex caecutiens Laxmann, 1788

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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
  • heathland and shrub
  • sparsely vegetated land
Natura 2000 species code 5850


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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
Borealna rovka Slovenian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Idänpäästäinen Finnish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Laane-karihiir Estonian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Laponska rovka Croatian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Lappasnjáldra Icelandic Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Lappnäbbmus Swedish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Lappspissmus Norwegian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Lapspidsmus Danish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Laxmann-cickány Hungarian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Masked shrew English Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Maskenspitzmaus German Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Musaraigne masquée French Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Musaraña careta Spanish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Noordse spitsmuis Dutch Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
ryjówka srednia Polish Polish NRC
Toporagno di Laxmann Italian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Synonym Author
Sorex macropygmaeus Miller, 1901
Sorex buxtoni Allen, 1903
Sorex annexus Thomas, 1907
Sorex macropygmaeus koreni Allen, 1914
Sorex macropygmaeus pleskei Ognev, 1921
Sorex macropygmaeus rozanovi Ognev, 1921
Sorex macropygmaeus altaicus Ognev, 1921
Sorex laponicus Melander, 1942

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 search 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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