Sri Lankan shrew

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Sri Lankan shrew
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Eulipotyphla
Family: Soricidae
Genus: Suncus
S. fellowesgordoni
Binomial name
Suncus fellowesgordoni
Phillips, 1932
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Sri Lankan shrew range

The Sri Lankan shrew (Suncus fellowesgordoni), also called Gordon's pygmy shrew, is a species of mammal in the family Soricidae. It is endemic to Sri Lanka. It is threatened by habitat loss. It is known as හික් මීයා ([hikmiːya]) in Sinhala.


Head and body length 5–6 cm. Tail 3 cm. Females larger than males. Dark chocolate brown to blackish brown above. Dark gray with silver sheen below. Throat very gray in color. Snout, ears, and forefeet are pink colored. Claws are reddish brown. Tail with gray hairs dark above and light below.


  1. ^ de A. Goonatilake, W.L.D.P.T.S.; Nameer, P.O. & Molur, S. (2008). "Suncus fellowesgordoni". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2008: e.T21143A88693042. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T21143A9250906.en. Retrieved 8 November 2017.