Asian house shrew
|Asian House Shrew|
|Asian house shrew range|
(blue — native, red — introduced)
Sorex murinus Linnaeus, 1766
The Asian house shrew (Suncus murinus) is a type of shrew. It is native to South and Southeast Asia. It is the largest type of shrew. It is a least concern species. It has been introduced in several West Asian and East African countries. It is an invasive species.
Description[change | change source]
The Asian house shrew is 100 mm and 150 mm long. An adult female weighs between 23.5 g and 82.0 g. An adult male weighs from 33.2 g to 147.3 g. It has short, dense fur. It is mid-grey to brownish-grey color.
Distribution and Habitat[change | change source]
Feeding[change | change source]
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Relationships with humans[change | change source]
It helps to control the population of many pests. It is an invasive species. They compete with many types of plants and animals. It is also a pest. It can damage food and other materials found in homes and businesses.
References[change | change source]
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