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Pygmy Shrew

Observed: 9th July 2013 By: foxyfoxy’s reputation in Mammalsfoxy’s reputation in Mammals
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Description:

A small grey rodent which was being stalked by several cats before I released it into a deep hedge

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Gill Sinclair's picture

Grey pelage

I was going to agree with pygmy shrew as the 'only' shrew species in Ireland, but this animal is very grey and there have (since 2007 I think) been records of the greater white-toothed shrew in Ireland, so it could be this.

Gill Sinclair
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Grey pelage

Thanks Gill , photo taken at night using flash so may look greyer than really is , GWT Shrew has indeed been recorded about 20 miles south of me . Principle reason I did not use "sure as can be " . :)

Foxy

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Shrew

My first thought, it being so grey was one of the two white-toothed shrews. I doubled checked the location and was going to ask if you had got it wrong. However, I was not aware of the greater WTS being in Ireland.

Having looked it up on the Mammal Atlas of Ireland you are slap bang in the middle of their known distribution. They were first found in 2008; does anyone know who/why they were introduced?

Put up an identification of greater white-toothed shrew (Crocidura russula) and I'll agree with it. Congratulations, your's is the first one on iSpot.

Note the pale grey fur which covers the flanks completely (they have a pale white(ish) underbelly but only just); also the sparsely hairy muzzle and face, usually these look more pinkish but I suspect that is a trick of the light.

Graham Banwell

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Shrew

Thanks for that confirmation Graham , Gill was right so should have credit . Was literally on my doorstep !. Not sure how they arrived but maybe like the recently found Dormice in Co. Kildare were brought in in fodder for our bloodstock industry .There are some big studfarms in Tipperary (Coolmore ,Ballydoyle and Ballysheehan all of which have many smaller outfarms )

Thanks John

Foxy

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Hitching a lift

Sounds very credible, especially if hey get their fodder from the continent.

Graham Banwell

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