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

Pygmy shrew - Sorex minutus Linnaeus, 1766

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
Protected by 1 international agreement
Most preferred habitats
  • grassland
  • heathland and shrub
  • wetlands
  • woodland and forest
May also occur in
  • agricultural mosaics
  • cropland
  • sparsely vegetated land
Natura 2000 species code 2601


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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
Cüce sivriburun Turkish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Dvärgnäbbmus Swedish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Dvergsnjáldra Icelandic Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Dvergspissmus Norwegian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Dværgspidsmus Danish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Dwergspitsmuis Dutch Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Kirstukas nykštukas Lithuanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Kleng Spëtzmaus Luxemburgish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mala rovka Croatian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mala rovka Slovenian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mazais cirslis Latvian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Musaraigne pygmée French Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Musaraña enana Spanish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Musaranho-anão-de-dentes-vermelhos Portuguese Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Piskor malý Slovak Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Pygmy shrew English Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Rejsek malý Czech Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Ryjówka malutka Polish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Toporagno nano Italian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Törpecickány Hungarian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Väike-karihiir Estonian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Vaivaispäästäinen Finnish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Zwergspitzmaus German Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Synonym Author
Sorex pygmaeus Laxmann, 1769
Sorex exilis Gmelin, 1789
Sorex canaliculatus Ljungh, 1806
Sorex minimus Geoffroy, 1811
Sorex pumilio Wagler, 1832
Sorex rusticus Jenyns, 1838
Sorex pumilus Nilsson, 1844

Other resources

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PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
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External data

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