Southeast Asian Shrew (Crocidura fuliginosa)


HB:70-84; T:44-55; HF:11-13; E:9-11;

A grey shrew with a silver gloss. The tail is 60% to 65% of head and body length. C.fuliginosa has grey to blackish fur with a dull silvery gloss; the underparts are lighter. The tail is thin, with a few faint white hairs; the basal portion of the tail is thicker during the breeding season (Blanford 1888)The ears are naked and prominent, they eyes small. The feet are covered with a few short white hairs.

Range Description:

This species is widely distributed in central and southern China and most of mainland Southeast Asia. The species has been recorded from India, however, the distribution in this country is unclear (Sanjay Molur pers. comm.) and it is not mapped here.
Countries: Native:
Cambodia; China; India; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Malaysia; Myanmar; Thailand; Vietnam


There is little information available on the abundance of this species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology:

This species is found in a wide variety of habitats, and has been recorded from primary and degraded tropical moist forest, open disturbed areas, and possibly from drier habitats (Francis 2008; Smith and Xie 2008). This shrew is rather common, found in various habitats from montane to lowland forests, cultivated areas and even caves. Medway (1969) states that it is easier to easier to trap in open areas of close ground cover or grass. There does not seem to be any regular breeding season; the litter size being 1-2 (Medway)
Systems: Terrestrial

 Major Threat(s):

There are no major threats to this species as a whole.

Conservation Actions:

It is presumably present in many protected areas.