Malayan water shrew

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Malayan water shrew[1]
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Eulipotyphla
Family: Soricidae
Genus: Chimarrogale
C. hantu
Binomial name
Chimarrogale hantu
Harrison, 1958
Malayan water shrew range

The Malayan water shrew (Chimarrogale hantu), also known as the hantu water shrew, is a red-toothed shrew recorded only from the Malaysian state of Selangor. It was listed as a critically endangered, but is now considered near threatened.[2]

It gets its scientific name hantu from the Malay word for ghost.


The Malayan water shrew has a white underside, a black coat along its top and sides and a fringe of bristles running along the surface of the tail and on the paws which act as swimming aids. The teeth have red tips. The Malayan water shrew can grow up to about 10 cm (3.9 in) in height and 20 cm (7.9 in) in length.


The Malayan water shrew lives in the Tropical Rainforests of Peninsula Malaysia. It lives mainly by fresh water lakes and rivers surrounded by vegetation and spends much of its time underwater. Underwater this shrew likes to stay in leafy areas to avoid predators and surprise its prey, which include fish, frogs and plants.


  1. ^ Hutterer, R. (2005). Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 275. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  2. ^ a b Gerrie, R.; Kennerley, R. (2018). "Chimarrogale hantu". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2018: e.T4647A22281948. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-1.RLTS.T4647A22281948.en. Retrieved 19 November 2021.

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