The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database

Crocidura religiosa I. Geoffroy, 1827:128

Egyptian pygmy shrew, Mummy shrew



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

IUCN RedList status: Data Deficient









Known only from two recent specimens, but mummified individuals are also known (Hutterer et. al. 2008).






Aulagnier, S., Haffner, P., Mitchell-Jones, A. J., Moutou, F., and Zima, J. 2009. Mammals of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. A&C Black, London.

Corbet, G. B. (1978). The mammals of the Palaearctic region: A taxonomic review. London: British Museum (Natural History). 314 pp.

Hutterer, R. 2005. Order Soricomorpha. In: D.E. Wilson and D.M. Reeder (eds), Mammal Species of the World, pp. 220-311. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Hutterer, R., Amori, G., Kryštufek, B., Yigit, N., Mitsain, G. & Muñoz, L.J.P. (2008). Crocidura religiosa. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.1. ( Downloaded on 03 July 2011.

Osborn, D.J. and Helmy, I. 1980. The contemporary land mammals of Egypt (including Sinai). Field Museum of Natural History, Bethseda, Maryland.

Woodman, Neal, Wilken, Alec T. and Ikram, Salima. (2019). See how they ran: morphological and functional aspects of skeletons from ancient Egyptian shrew mummies (Eulipotyphla: Soricidae: Crocidurinae). Journal of Mammalogy. doi:


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