Lesser Ryukyu shrew

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Lesser Ryukyu shrew
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Eulipotyphla
Family: Soricidae
Genus: Crocidura
Species: C. watasei
Binomial name
Crocidura watasei
Kuroda, 1924 [1]
Lesser Ryukyu Shrew area.png
Lesser Ryukyu shrew range

The lesser Ryukyu shrew, or Watase's shrew[1] (Crocidura watasei) is a common species of shrews that is endemic to Japan. It is often found living in bushes and grasslands along the river banks and in shrubs of lower elevations.


  1. ^ a b c Motokawa, M. & Abe, H (2008). "Crocidura watasei". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.1 (3.1). International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 11 July 2011.