Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide


Sorex araneus



Sorex araneus


  • Last modified
  • 19 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Natural Enemy
  • Host Animal
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Sorex araneus
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Chordata
  •       Subphylum: Vertebrata
  •         Class: Mammalia
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Sorex araneus

International Common Names

  • English: common shrew; Eurasian common shrew; lesser shrew; shrew, Eurasian common
  • Spanish: musaraña de cola cuadrada
  • French: musaraigne

Local Common Names

  • Germany: Spitzmaus, Wald-
  • Italy: toporagno comune

EPPO code

  • SORXAR (Sorex araneus)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Chordata
  •             Subphylum: Vertebrata
  •                 Class: Mammalia
  •                     Order: Insectivora
  •                         Family: Soricidae
  •                             Genus: Sorex
  •                                 Species: Sorex araneus

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Last updated: 10 Jan 2020
Continent/Country/Region Distribution Last Reported Origin First Reported Invasive Reference Notes


CzechiaPresentCABI Data Mining (2001)
CzechoslovakiaPresentCABI (Undated)
FinlandPresentCABI (Undated)
NorwayPresentCABI Data Mining (2001)
RussiaPresentCABI Data Mining (2001)
United KingdomPresentCABI (Undated)

Distribution References

CABI Data Mining, 2001. CAB Abstracts Data Mining.,

CABI, Undated. CABI Compendium: Status as determined by CABI editor. Wallingford, UK: CABI

Natural enemy of

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SpeciesStages attackedCountries where known to occurReferences
Discus rotundatus
Panolis flammeaPupae

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