Asian highland shrew

The Asian highland shrew (Suncus montanus) is a species of mammal in the family Soricidae. It is found in India and Sri Lanka. Its habitat is subtropical or tropical dry forests.

Asian highland shrew
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Eulipotyphla
Family: Soricidae
Genus: Suncus
S. montanus
Binomial name
Suncus montanus
(Kelaart, 1850)
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Asian highland shrew distribution in southern India and Sri Lanka


The head and body reach 9–11 cm (3.5–4.3 in) in length. The tail is around 7 cm (2.8 in) long. It is dark bluish-brown to black above and paler below. The pelage may be bluish-gray at the base. Some adults are reddish brown. The fur is soft and velvety and hairless areas are pinkish.


  1. ^ Molur, S.; Nameer, P.O.; de A. Goonatilake, W.I.L.D.P.T.S. (2008). "Suncus montanus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2008: e.T21147A9251556. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T21147A9251556.en. Retrieved 16 November 2021.