Water Shrew


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Water Shrew

 

any mammal of the genus Neomys of the family Sorex of the order Insectivora. The body length is 65–95 mm, and the tail length 45–75 mm. The feet and the digits are fringed with wiry hair to aid in swimming. There are two species, the European water shrew (Neomys fodiens), found in Europe and Siberia, and the Mediterranean water shrew (N. anomalous), found in Europe and Asia Minor. Water shrews live along the banks of small bodies of fresh water. They are semiaquatic and feed on invertebrates, frogs, and small fish. There are two or three litters per year, each with three to eight young. The European water shrew harms the ecology of ponds because it kills young fish.

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As examples, hantavirus antigens have been previously detected in tissues of the Eurasian common shrew (Sorex araneus), Eurasian water shrew (Neomys fodiens), and common mole (Talpa europea) in the former Soviet Union (35,36), and seroreactivity suggestive of hantavirus infection was found in short-tailed shrew (Blarina brevicauda) in the United States (37).
While attempting to photograph two lizards basking on a silver birch log at the water's edge, I was attracted by a movement, which at first I thought was a water shrew. Closer inspection revealed a large spider further along the log, which I immediately recognised as being a Dolomedes spider.
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Water shrew and water vole were once a common sight along Northumbrian waterways.
Volunteers will also be encouraged to help with projects such as a regional water shrew survey.
For me it was a door to a magical world of basking adders, of trout, eels and water shrews in the River Alun, of scrub filled with the tinkling sounds of goldfinches and yellowhammers calling out for 'a little bit of bread and no cheese'.
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We were surprised when we saw the same molecular signature in whales and seals, but also in semi-aquatic beavers, muskrats and even water shrews.
"The jawbones belonged to water shrews but, most excitingly, the skull was a harvest mouse - a significant find for us here at Saltholme and the county."
All other sorts of minorities are protected by law, even tiny little water shrews are considered when construction projects are concerned.