Sorex & Neomys

1. Lateral view
2. Details

Three shrews are found in mainland Britain, their skulls are similar, but can be identified by tooth characters using the Key to Insectivores.
1. Common Shrew skull, lateral view.
Details of Specimens Illustrated

Image 1
Common Shrew Sorex araneus
Stage - adult
Date collected - July 95
Area collected - Northumberland
Collection ref. - 95.043
Source - Killed by cat
Condylobasal length18.6mm
Jaw length10.9mm

Latin Name : Sorex "a shrew", xaraneus"relating to a spider"; perhaps because shrews and spiders were both thought to be poisonous.

Web Links
The Shrew (ist's) Site - One-Stop-Shop for shrew fanciers.

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