Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Soricidae

Scientific Name: Sorex volnuchini
Species Authority: Ognev, 1922
Regional Assessments:
Common Name(s):
English Caucasian Pygmy Shrew, Ukrainian Shrew

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2015
Date Assessed: 2008-07-02
Assessor(s): Kryštufek, B. & Bukhnikashvili, A.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. & Temple, H.J.
A widespread and common species with no major threats.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2008 Least Concern (LC)
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is found from Ciscaucasia to Talysh and Black Sea coast in Turkey and Northern Iran (Hutterer 2005). Elevation ranges from 200-3,200 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Armenia (Armenia); Azerbaijan; Georgia; Iran, Islamic Republic of; Russian Federation; Turkey
Lower elevation limit (metres): 200
Upper elevation limit (metres): 3200
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Population [top]

Population: The species is common, often abundant.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The species dwells in humid forests and meadows, as well as forest clearings that are densely vegetated in the lower soil layer. Rarely occurs in alpine zone. Feed mostly on small coleopterans and catepillars. Reproducse from March to June. Has 2-3 litters per season, with 4-8 young in each.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Found in many protected areas.

Citation: Kryštufek, B. & Bukhnikashvili, A. 2015. Sorex volnuchini. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T29670A80746400. . Downloaded on 04 October 2015.
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