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Ornate Shrew Sorex ornatus

 

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Ornate Shrew
credit: Pacific Southwest Region U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/CCSA

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Family: Soricidae, Shrews view all from this family



Description Small, grayish-brown shrew with medial tine on upper incisors. Fourth unicuspid larger than third. The belly is paler than the back and the skull lacks post-mandibular foramina. Body is like Inyo Shrew, but slightly larger and darker. Restricted to Pacific Coastal region of southern California. Favors streamsides with dense vegetation, but also occurs in upland forests (red area on map).


Dimensions 80-110mm, 28-46mm, 3-9g


Similar Species Body is like Inyo Shrew, but slightly larger and darker.


Habitat Forests & woodlands, Scrub, shrub & brushlands, Lakes, ponds, rivers & streams, Swamps, marshes & bogs


Range California


Discussion Restricted to Pacific Coastal region of southern California. Favors streamsides with dense vegetation, but also occurs in upland forests.


 

 

 

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