Pearson's long-clawed shrew

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Pearson's long-clawed shrew
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Eulipotyphla
Family: Soricidae
Genus: Solisorex
Thomas, 1924
S. pearsoni
Binomial name
Solisorex pearsoni
Thomas, 1924
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Pearson's long-clawed shrew range

Pearson's long-clawed shrew (Solisorex pearsoni) is a species of mammal in the family Soricidae. It is monotypic within the genus Solisorex.[citation needed] It is endemic to Sri Lanka. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland. It is threatened by habitat loss. It is known as ශ්‍රී ලංකා නියදිගු මා හික් මීයා in Sinhala.

It is named after Dr Joseph Pearson FRSE, Director of the Columbo Museum 1910-1933 who found it on 1 January 1924.[2]


Head and body length 12–13 cm, and tail is 6–7 cm. Dark grayish-brown above, light tips to hairs. Underside paler. Claws of forefeet long, middle claw about 5mm. Forefeet are brown in color. Tail is dark brown above and lighter below. It lacks hair. Fur not as velvety as in other shrews.


  1. ^ de A. Goonatilake, W.L.D.P.T.S.; Nameer, P.O. & Molur, S. (2008). "Solisorex pearsoni". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2008: e.T20332A88692605. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T20332A9186854.en. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  2. ^ The Eponym Dictionary of Mammals, Bo Beolens