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An invading species of shrew first discovered in Ireland in the pellets of barn owls and kestrels in 2007 is spreading across the landscape at a rate of more than five kilometres a year, according to findings published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE.
The bicolored shrew is a protected species in Central Europe, but these furry insect-eaters have a dark secret.
The white toothed shrew genus Crocidura is known as the largest mammal genus, with more than 180 species distributed around the world.
Dave Tosh, from the School of Biological Sciences at Queens University, found the greater white-toothed shrew in Tipperary and Limerick while working with University College Cork and BirdWatch Ireland. Its natural range is in parts of Africa, France and Germany and before now the closest it has been spotted to Ireland is in the Channel Islands.
The Asian House Shrew (Suncus murinus) is a species of shrew found in South Asia. It has a habit of running slowly along the edges of the walls when they enter human habitations. They are widespread and found in all habitats including deserts and human habitations. Studies on the musk shrew have suggested its suitability for use in laboratory studies.
The lesser white-toothed shrew (Crocidura suaveolens) is a tiny shrew found in Europe. Its preferred habitat is woodlands. The population is found on the Isles of Scilly. It forages on beaches. This is unusual behavior for this species.
The greater white-toothed shrew (Crocidura russula) is a small shrew found in Europe and North Africa. Its preferred habitats are grassland and woodland. It is slightly larger than the lesser white-toothed shrew but otherwise very similar. It can often be distinguished only by close inspection of its teeth.