Mediterranean water shrew

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Mediterranean water shrew
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Eulipotyphla
Family: Soricidae
Genus: Neomys
N. anomalus
Binomial name
Neomys anomalus
Cabrera, 1907
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Mediterranean water shrew range

The Mediterranean, Southern or Miller's water shrew (Neomys anomalus) is a species of mammal in the family Soricidae.


The shrew is found in Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and Ukraine.

Feeding habits[edit]

It feeds mainly on amphibians and small fish, but also take insects and worms. Because of its small size and thus higher surface area to volume ratio, it loses body heat more quickly and must eat two or three times its body mass each day.


  1. ^ Hutterer, R.; Kryštufek, B.; Yigit, N.; Mitsainas, G.; Meinig, H.; Bertolino, S. & Palomo, L. (2021) [amended version of 2016 assessment]. "Neomys anomalus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T29657A197521634.