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

Common shrew - Sorex araneus Linnaeus, 1758

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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
  • agricultural mosaics
  • cropland
  • grassland
  • heathland and shrub
  • sparsely vegetated land
Natura 2000 species code 2599


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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
Almindelig spidsmus Danish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Bëschspëtzmaus Luxemburgish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Common shrew English Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Erdei cickány Hungarian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Gewone bosspitsmuis Dutch Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Gozdna rovka Slovenian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hundegjati dhembekuq Albanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mets-karihiir Estonian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Metsäpäästäinen Finnish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Musaraigne carrelet French Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Musaraña colicuadrada Spanish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Paprastasis kirstukas Lithuanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Piskor lesný Slovak Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Rejsek obecný Czech Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Ryjówka aksamitna Polish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Snjáldurmús Icelandic Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Šumska rovka Croatian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Toporagno comune Italian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Vanlig näbbmus Swedish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Vanlig spissmus Norwegian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Waldspitzmaus German Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Synonym Author
Sorex personatus Millet, 1828
Sorex concinnus Wagler, 1832
Sorex rhinolophus Wagler, 1832
Sorex melanodon Wagler, 1832
Sorex vulgaris Nathusius,1838
Sorex macrotrichus de Sélys-Longchamps, 1839
Sorex labiosus Jenyns, 1839
Sorex araneus castaneus Jenyns, 1838
Sorex tetragonorus Jenyns, 1838
Sorex araneus bergensis Miller, 1909
Sorex quadricaudatus Kerr, 1792
Sorex ignotus Fatio, 1905
Sorex araneus carpathicus Barrett-Hamilton, 1905
Sorex araneus pyrenaicus Miller, 1909

Other resources

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PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia

External data

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