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Sorex tenellus

Inyo Shrew

Order: Soricomorpha
Family: Soricidae

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Conservation Status: Least Concern.

The Inyo Shrew, also known as the Great Basin Dwarf Shrew, is a tiny, pale gray animal, only slightly larger than the closely-related Dwarf Shrew. Both species are found in the mountains of the Southwest, but their ranges are not known to overlap. Inyo Shrews, like other small shrews, molt twice a year, getting a summer coat in mid- to late July and shedding it for a winter coat a few months later.

Also known as:
Great Basin Dwarf Shrew

Sexual Dimorphism:

Range: 85-103 mm

Range: 3.4-4.1 g


Merriam, C.H., 1895.  Synopsis of the American shrews of the genus Sorex, p. 81.  North American Fauna, 10:57-100.


Mammal Species of the World

Mammalian Species, American Society of Mammalogists' species account

Distribution of Sorex tenellus