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Soricidae
Members of the shrew family, Soricidae, do not have a zygomatic arch, have short ears which appear hidden by fur, eyes that are visible but smaller, and relatively small size.  There are 6 species in Minnesota, some common, some rare.  Teeth are reddish-brown at the tips in all Minnesota (and North American) species of soricids.

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Species Common Name  
Blarinia brevicauda Short-tailed shrew Dorsal Blarnia brevicauda

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Cryptosis parva Least shrew Cryptosis parva

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Sorex arcticus Arctic shrew
Sorex cinereus Masked shrew
Sorex hoyi Pygmy shrew
Sorex palustris Water shrew

 


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