White-toothed shrew

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The white-toothed shrews or Crocidurinae are one of three subfamilies of the shrew family Soricidae.

Temporal range: Miocene to Recent
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Greater white-toothed shrew (Crocidura russula)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Eulipotyphla
Family: Soricidae
Subfamily: Crocidurinae

see species list

The outer layer of these shrews' teeth is white, unlike that of the red-toothed shrews. These species are typically found in Africa and southern Europe and Asia. This subfamily includes the largest shrew, the Asian house shrew (Suncus murinus), at about 15 cm in length, and the smallest, the Etruscan shrew (Suncus etruscus), at about 3.5 cm in length and 2 grams in weight. Shrews are possibly the world's smallest extant mammal (although some give this title to the bumblebee bat). Crocidura contains the most species of any mammal genus.

When young must be moved before they are independent, mother and young form a chain or "caravan" where each animal hangs on to the rear of the one in front. This behaviour has also been observed in some Sorex species.

List of speciesEdit

Subfamily Crocidurinae

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Hutterer, R. (2005). Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 224–263. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  2. ^ Hutterer, R.; et al. (May 2018). "A new genus and species of shrew (Mammalia: Soricidae) from Palawan Island, Philippines". Journal of Mammalogy. 99 (3): 518–536. doi:10.1093/jmammal/gyy041.