Suncus etruscus

Dwarf shrew

Phylum Chordates (Chordata)
Class Mammals (Mammalia)
Order Insect-eating mammals (Insectivora)
Family Shrews (Soricidae)
Genus Dwarf shrews (Suncus)
Species Authority Savi, 1822
Summary Status: rare (Category III), unstudied species. It is distributed in South Europe, South and East Africa, Iran, Central Asia, India, the Caucasus, along the northern shore of the Aral Sea and the northern Ustyurt mountains in Kazakstan. The habitat areas of this animal are foothills, brushy areas along rivers and lakes and cultivated farm lands. The population is unknown, but it is suspected to be very low. Basic limiting factors have not been studied, but most likely are human activities and the reduction of forage. The species should be protected in the Ustyurt Reserve. It is also necessary to educate the local population about the importance of protecting this species.

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