Sicilian shrew

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Sicilian shrew[1]
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Eulipotyphla
Family: Soricidae
Genus: Crocidura
C. sicula
Binomial name
Crocidura sicula
Miller, 1900
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Sicilian shrew range

The Sicilian shrew (Crocidura sicula) is a species of mammal in the family Soricidae. It is found in Sicily (Italy) and Gozo (Malta). Its natural habitat is temperate shrubland.


Four subspecies of the Sicilian shrew are found:

Crocidura sicula ssp. calypso[edit]

The species that is found on the island of Gozo (part of Malta) has recently been defined as a different subspecies.[3]

Crocidura sicula ssp. sicula[edit]

This subspecies is native to the island of Sicily.[3]

Crocidura sicula ssp. aegatensis[edit]

This subspecies is found only on the Aegadian Islands.[3]

Crocidura sicula ssp. esuae[edit]

This subspecies is known as fossil form from the Middle Pleistocene of Sicily.

See also[edit]


  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. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  2. ^ Giovanni Amori (2016). "Crocidura sicula". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T29655A2791535. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-2.RLTS.T29655A2791535.en. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-08-30. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)