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Observed: 31st July 2013 By: bobthebirderbobthebirder’s reputation in Mammalsbobthebirder’s reputation in Mammalsbobthebirder’s reputation in Mammals

Photo taken on the second of this week's Portland Discovery Days. For full report see

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Pygmy shrew

Thick tail which is around 80% of the body length indicates pygmy shrew.

Certainly on the small side for any shrew. What are your ideas on why they should be smaller Bob? Poor food supply? Stony habitat? Weather conditions? Usually animals are bigger on islands as fewer predators.

Graham Banwell

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no idea, but this is very

no idea, but this is very much a typical size for dead pygmy shrews on portland. However, the live ones might be much bigger of course!

Bob Ford