Bornean pygmy shrew

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Bornean pygmy shrew
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Eulipotyphla
Family: Soricidae
Genus: Suncus
S. hosei
Binomial name
Suncus hosei
(Thomas, 1893)
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Bornean pygmy shrew range

The Bornean pygmy shrew (Suncus hosei) is a species of shrew in the family Soricidae. It was named for zoologist Charles Hose.


This shrew is endemic to the international island of Borneo, particularly in northern Sarawak and northeastern Sabah states of Malaysia. It may be more widespread and occur in the nation of Brunei, and in northern Kalimantan province of Indonesia.

Its natural habitat is subtropical and tropical dry forests. It is often listed as the Etruscan shrew (Suncus etruscus) which is native from Europe and North Africa through Southeast Asia, but they are distinctly different species.


It was listed as an IUCN Red List Vulnerable species since 1996, until changed to a Data Deficient species in 2008.

The exact threats are unknown. If it is forest dependent, it is threatened by habitat loss from: habitat conversion to agricultural plantations, especially for palm oil; logging; and fires. It is not known, from botanical collecting, to have any protected populations within nature reserves or parks of the three countries.


  1. ^ Lunde, D. & Ruedas, L. (2008). "Suncus hosei". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 6 July 2010. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of data deficient.