Crocidura religiosa I. Geoffroy, 1827:128

Egyptian pygmy shrew, Mummy shrew



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


IUCN RedList status: Data Deficient





Biology & Ecology




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






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Hutterer, Rainer. (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. and 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, Ikram, Salima and Rowland, Joanne. (2022). Environmental implications of Ptolemaic Period rodents and shrews from the Sacred Falcon Necropolis at Quesna, Egypt (Mammalia: Muridae and Soricidae). BMC Ecology and Evolution 22: 148.

Woodman, Neal, Koch, Claudia and Hutterer, Rainer. (2017). Rediscovery of the type series of the Sacred Shrew, Sorex religiosus I. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1826, with additional notes on mummified shrews of ancient Egypt (Mammalia: Soricidae). Zootaxa 4341(1): 1-24. [Abstract]

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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