Mammal Species of the World's Boreal Forests


Sorex minutissimus
Least Siberian Shrew


Distinguishing Features - This extremely small European species is recognisable by its diminutive size; 1.6 - 2.5 g; it has a short and narrow tail and a clear cut division between a dark brown back and lighter flanks and underside.

Least Siberian Shrew Habitat

Widespread throughout Scandinavia and Russia, to eastern Siberia and above the Arctic Circle; does not appear in North America.


Primarily small insects, insect larvae, spiders and snails, eating up to 2 to 5 times its own weight within 24 hours.


This species has not been recorded from many sites and is probably even more widely distributed than realized.

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