Asian highland shrew

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Asian highland shrew
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Eulipotyphla
Family: Soricidae
Genus: Suncus
S. montanus
Binomial name
Suncus montanus
(Kelaart, 1850)
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Asian highland shrew range

The Asian highland shrew (Suncus montanus) is a species of mammal in the family Soricidae. It is found in India and Sri Lanka. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical dry forests. It is threatened by habitat loss. It is known as ශ්‍රී ලංකා කදු හික් මීයා in Sinhala.


Head and body 9–11 cm. Tail 7 cm. Dark bluish-brown to black above, paler below. Pelage may be bluish-gray at the base. Some adults are reddish brown. Fur soft and velvety. Naked areas are pinkish. Tail is short. It is a very dark looking shrew.


  1. ^ Molur, S.; Nameer, P.O. & de A. Goonatilake, W.I.L.D.P.T.S. (2008). "Suncus montanus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2008: e.T21147A9251556. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T21147A9251556.en. Retrieved 9 November 2017.