Red-toothed shrew

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Temporal range: Early Oligocene to Recent
Baird's shrew
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Soricomorpha
Family: Soricidae
Subfamily: Soricinae

See species list

The red-toothed shrews of the subfamily Soricinae are one of three living subfamilies of shrews, along with Crocidurinae (white-toothed shrews) and Myosoricinae (African white-toothed shrews). In addition, the family contains the extinct subfamilies Limnoecinae, Crocidosoricinae, Allosoricinae and Heterosoricinae. These species are typically found in North America, northern South America, Europe and northern Asia. The enamel of the tips of their teeth is reddish due to iron pigment. The iron deposits serve to harden the enamel and are concentrated in those parts of the teeth most subject to wear.[2]

The list of species is:[1][3]

Southern water shrew (Neomys anomalus)


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  2. ^ Strait, S. G.; Smith, S. C. (August 2006). "Elemental Analysis Of Soricine Enamel: Pigmentation Variation and Distribution in Molars of Blarina Brevicauda". Journal of Mammalogy (American Society of Mammalogists) 87 (4): 700–705. doi:10.1644/05-MAMM-A-265R4.1. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  3. ^ "New Species Of Desert Shrew Found In Southern Arizona". ScienceDaily. Retrieved 2006-05-14. 
  4. ^ a b Woodman, Neal (June 2010). "Two new species of shrews (Soricidae) from the western highlands of Guatemala". Journal of Mammalogy (American Society of Mammalogists) 91 (3): 566–579. doi:10.1644/09-MAMM-A-346.1.