Kelaart's long-clawed shrew

Kelaart's long-clawed shrew (Feroculus feroculus) is a species of mammal in the family Soricidae. It is monotypic within the genus Feroculus.[citation needed] It is endemic to Sri Lanka and southern India. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland, and swamps. It is threatened by habitat loss. It is known as පිරි හික් මීයා in Sinhala.

Kelaart's long-clawed shrew
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Eulipotyphla
Family: Soricidae
Genus: Feroculus
Kelaart, 1852
F. feroculus
Binomial name
Feroculus feroculus
(Kelaart, 1850)
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Kelaart's long-clawed shrew range

The species is named for zoologist Edward Frederick Kelaart.

Head and body length is 11–12 cm (4.3–4.7 in). Tail is 7–8 cm (2.8–3.1 in) long. Pelage cloe, soft, and short. Uniform ashy-black above, paler and glossy below. Forefeet almost white, very long and reddish claws. Tail covered by fine hairs as well as a few bristly long hairs.


  1. ^ de A. Goonatilake, W.L.D.P.T.S.; Molur, S. (2020). "Feroculus feroculus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2020: e.T8553A22292753. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2020-2.RLTS.T8553A22292753.en. Retrieved 17 November 2021.