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Suncus murinus (Asian House Shrew; house shrew)

Synonyms: Sorex murinus (homotypic)

Wikipedia Abstract

The Asian house shrew (Suncus murinus) grey musk shrew, Asian musk shrew, or money shrew is a widespread, adaptable species of shrew found mainly in South Asia but introduced widely throughout Asia and eastern Africa. It is a large shrew with a strong musk smell. It is related to the Etruscan shrew. This house shrew is categorized as a species of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List. It is also considered an invasive species and implicated in the demise of several island lizard species.
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Invasive Species

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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 4.54
EDGE Score: 1.71


Adult Weight [1]  71 grams
Birth Weight [2]  3 grams
Female Weight [1]  53 grams
Male Weight [1]  90 grams
Weight Dimorphism [1]  69.8 %
Diet [3]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Carnivore (Vertebrates)
Diet - Invertibrates [3]  80 %
Diet - Scavenger [3]  10 %
Diet - Vertibrates [3]  10 %
Forages - Ground [3]  100 %
Female Maturity [2]  36 days
Male Maturity [2]  36 days
Gestation [2]  30 days
Litter Size [2]  3
Litters / Year [2]  9.8
Maximum Longevity [2]  3 years
Nocturnal [4]  Yes
Snout to Vent Length [1]  6 inches (14 cm)
Weaning [2]  19 days


Protected Areas

Biodiversity Hotspots


Aquila hastata (Indian Spotted Eagle)[5]
Athene brama (Spotted Owlet)[6]
Boiga irregularis (Brown catsnake, Brown Tree Snake)[7]


Range Map

External References


Attributes / relations provided by
1Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elita Baldridge, Benjamin Chan, Dhileep Sivam, Daniel L. Freeman, and S. K. Morgan Ernest. 2015. An amniote life-history database to perform comparative analyses with birds, mammals, and reptiles. Ecology 96:3109
2de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
3Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
4Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
5del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
6MA, Maqbool, M. & Mushtaq-ul-Hassan, M. (1990) Food habits of spotted owlet Athene brama Pak. J. Agri. Sci., 27, 127-131
7Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
8Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
9International Flea Database
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 Wildfinder Database
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2022). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2023-06-13; License: CC BY 4.0