Greater Congo shrew

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Greater Congo Shrew
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Soricomorpha
Family: Soricidae
Genus: Congosorex
Species: C. polli
Binomial name
Congosorex polli
(Balsac & Lamotte, 1956)
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Range of the greater Congo shrew

The greater Congo shrew (Congosorex polli) is a species of mammal in the Soricidae family. It is endemic of Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests of Congo. It is currently losing habitat to deforestation.


The greater Congo shrew eats a wide variety of fruits and a few number of insects including ants.


The greater Congo shrew is in the class of mammals, meaning it gives birth to live young that are nursed on milk. It can give birth to around 4-5 young.