Jungle shrew

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Jungle shrew
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Eulipotyphla
Family: Soricidae
Genus: Suncus
Species: S. zeylanicus
Binomial name
Suncus zeylanicus
Phillips, 1928
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Jungle shrew range

The jungle shrew (Suncus zeylanicus) is a species of mammal in the family Soricidae endemic to Sri Lanka. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical dry forests. It is threatened by habitat loss.[1]


Its head and body are 10–12 cm long, with an 8– to 9-cm tail. Its pelage is dark gray above, and lighter in the underparts. Hairs appear dark at the base and lighter at the tip. The tail is short and gray, sometimes with a white tip.


  1. ^ Insectivore Specialist Group 1996. Suncus zeylanicus. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Archived 2014-06-27 at the Wayback Machine. Downloaded on 30 July 2007.